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'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...

Within the last few months, the programme ‘Stranger Things’ has created a huge following, including my husband and me. There are many different topics I could focus on but I will not add any spoilers. However, the best aspect for me was the friendship between the group of friends. Their ups and downs, differences,...

It was 2006 and over the previous three years I had spent more time in hospital than out of hospital. I’d been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and had become quite recluse. This point in time was, looking back, perhaps the low point of my life, I had almost given up on friendship altogether. I’d hardly seen my...

I'm Della. I live in a house share in a different town from my family. I work full time and I have to get through all my daily chores alone and ploughing through the darkness of depression. It's hard, really hard. Depression doesn't care if I have to get up early and work a nine hour shift; depression doesn't care if I...

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