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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Dealing with depression and anxiety can cause a multitude of different side effects. It can turn you into a completely different person; one that your friends and family wouldn’t even recognise. My issue seemed to be my short temper and snappy outbursts. When I was once a relaxed and calm individual that enjoyed the slower...

In 2001, I began to have difficulties with functioning well and had a number of unrealistic thoughts about my social situation, which placed a strain on my friendships with the people in my social group. I also began to worry about my job security, which may or may not have been well-founded. I asked my parents if they...

Hi. This is me. I am 39, a primary school teacher, lesbian, mum to a Labrador and two house rabbits, hockey player, student working on an EdD, outdoorsy girl and emotional! I mention this one last because it is what I want to talk about today. I have a diagnosis of anxiety and depression. But to me, it is more that I am...

1. “I’m actually a little obsessive compulsive myself.” That’s the first time I mentioned my mental health to my boyfriend. I can’t remember it exactly but we were still getting to know each other on a dating app and he was telling me about his neat-freak flatmate. It was a bit of a white lie because I’m actually very...

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