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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My name is Andy.  I’ve suffered terribly with depression and anxiety for as long as I can remember but I’ve only come to terms with it over the last 18 months.                                        In 2008 my closest circle of friends of five, sadly became a circle of 4 following the untimely death of Perry.  Perry...

What happens if your friend stops texting you back? No longer seems interested when you suggest a night out? It’s so easy to automatically assume that perhaps they’re losing interest in your friendship. Sometimes, the reality can be that they are facing a daily battle with their own mind. Mental illness comes in different...

When Andrew was unwell, his line manager, Nathan, stepped in to help him. Nathan wasn't an expert when it came to mental health problems, but that didn't matter - it was enough for Andrew that he just listened and stood by him.  Watch Andrew's video: What did you think of Andrew's video? Tell us in the comments.

Matthew, well ‘Matty’, is the oldest friend I have. We actually met walking to primary school on the very first day and have been friends ever since. We went through school and college together and although we went to different universities and both moved away for a number of years – whenever we met up it was always like...

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