Personal stories about mental health

Mental health problems affect 1 in 4 people every year and no one should feel ashamed. By sharing our experiences, together we can end the stigma.

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I first experienced warning signs of my impending breakdown in autumn 2008. I'd been working long hours in a major bank, the financial crisis was kicking off and there were widespread rumours of large scale redundancies - or even the bank going bust. I’d just bought a house, my girlfriend's income was fairly unpredictable...

I was diagnosed with Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder (EUPD) in February 2016; I began my mental health nursing training in September 2016. I was warned by both my psychiatrist and psychologist, that during my training, I may encounter some discrimination against people like me. Prior to starting my nursing...

Let me give you some background. I’m 38 year old Yorkshireman, now in Kent with my wife and two kids. I’ve worked in the travel industry my whole life. I live with depression – I don’t like to say I “suffer” because I’ve made big changes in my life the last three years to ensure I understand my triggers and that I’m in...

I worked as a social worker in a mental health team for 30 years. I loved my job, although it was sometimes challenging because I had pronounced mental health needs of my own. I almost never spoke about my mental health at work because I believed it would be the end of a career I loved and that kept me going. I always did...


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