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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Sometimes the thought of being there for someone can be pretty daunting. We question whether we’ll have the time, whether we can say the right thing, and perhaps if we’re having a hard time too, whether we can truly give another person the support they might need. In my experience however, being there for someone can range...

I have been a working professional for over 30 years. During this time I have been able to make a decent living, meet great people and have a good standard of life. As a young man I took everything in my stride – the learning, the travelling, the growing demands on time, the exams, the late hours, lack of work/life...

Over the last 4 years I have had two episodes of clinical depression. In August last year I was admitted for 4 weeks to an inpatient unit due to the seriousness of my symptoms. The reason I want to share this is that it’s so important that we feel able to talk to our managers and colleges about our mental well being...

I'm 57 years old, born and raised in the mining towns of South Yorkshire, and I thought I was as hard as nails! Until my 77 year old mum suddenly died in October 2015. I really did not expect her loss to have such a profound effect on my mental state, the grief tore me apart and still does although I am now coming to terms...

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