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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Having mental health problems has always been the most isolating and difficult part of my life. Most of my thoughts and feelings have been my secret, so as not to look ‘strange’, ‘weak’ or ‘self-obsessed’. I worried I would be judged and discriminated against. I worried I would become further isolated if I discussed it and...

I was 16 when I first started experiencing mental health problems, mainly depression. It came completely out of the blue. I hadn't lost anyone close to me or experienced anything traumatic, I had lived a 'normal' and good life, almost too good. I began to question everything I was doing, why I was doing it and if I even...

Sometimes people can misunderstand psychosis. There are so many misconceptions. People who suffer with psychosis are violent, unpredictable and the most debilitating assumption of all, they can never recover. I would like to challenge these stereotypes by telling my story. I come from a difficult background and have a...

It’s widely recognised when one replies with the phrase “I’m fine”, it’s undoubtedly one of the biggest (white) lies ever spoken – probably somewhere up there with “I have read the terms and conditions” and “there are sexy singles in your area”. So, let’s be honest. How many times have you been guilty of saying “I’m fine...

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