There are far too many people suffering in silence, and I have met and spoken to so many people who have sought help and shared their experiences once we start talking openly about mental health. Therefore I am not ashamed to, and will, share my experiences with others if it helps people understand and those suffering feel more at ease to speak too.
"I'm a bit OCD", "I'm well depressed I'm a Celeb's finished", "she's mental/crazy/schizo/lost her mind", "nearly had a panic attack when I found out Zayn was leaving One Direction", "I've got a proper phobia of sprouts"... These are all commonplace sayings that trivialise illnesses that turn people's lives upside-down on a daily basis. Let's make 2016 the year we put an end to stigmatising mental health and start supporting the 1 in 4 of us that are suffering with mental ill health right now!
I pledge to be open and honest about my own mental health struggles and to use my own experience and continuous learning to support others. Also to anyone who approaches me for support I pledge to be genuine and real, to accept you as you are and to try my very hardest to walk with you in your shoes where you need me to. You are not alone x
After years of living with depression and anxiety and having nowhere to turn and nobody to talk to, I feel passionate about ending the stigma around mental health. I want people to feel comfortable talking about how they feel in the hope that one day mental health will be talked about so often that it's normal.
i will share my experiences and stuggle and i would love to stop the stigma that is attached to mental health i have been a sufferer since i was 5 and i am now 38. it always been lke this and things need change i would love imformaton from people about events i can speak in and get MPS involved please feel to email me firstname.lastname@example.org if u can help me
Because of agoraphobia and do my normal day to day activities such as washing myself, feeding myself or going to the shops by myself to get the essentials and I just found it really hard to do things by myself BUT in September of 2014... I decided to start gradually leaving the house more and more and I am now a volunteer for St Margaret’s Hospice Somerset, I currently work in the furniture shop in Chard, Somerset and I am so glad that I do.
Nathan - A volunteer for St Margaret's Somerset Hospice.
Allowing yourself to speak openly about how you truly feel is the hardest yet most important step to take. Sharing your feelings allows others to understand and can also lead to share theirs feelings too. We dont know that the person next to us has been suffering also.
It's time to talk. It's time to change. X
I have battled depression for almost 10 years. It is not until now I feel completely comfortable sharing my stories and helping others. I have started a new blog called 'The D Word' which aims to eliminate misconceptions and open up about the ups and downs of depression. My overriding goal is to show people they are not alone and discourage people to hide behind a smile. Speak up and release your feelings, fears, anxieties and more. The first step is to talk and I can guarantee there will be someone there to listen. :)
After going through Depression & PTSD, and almost self imposing this sense of being alone and not wanting the help of other; I pledge to reach out to friends and loved ones, asking them how they are, making contact with friends I have pushed away and opening myself to the help of others, whilst giving it in return.
When I lost my job I kept it secret cause I had all these awful thoughts running through my head and then after a bottle of wine I told everyone on Facebook and you know what..? It was the best thing I've ever done. I am now starting my own business. If any of my employees ever run into difficulty with their own mental health I will stand by and support them through everything I can as support means the world when your not quite feeling yourself.
I live with Bipolar Disorder, a condition that causes mayhem and yet inspires creativity! I am going to be more open about my condition. I am currently putting together a mental health training package for my workplace, ardently striving to inform others of the main challenges those with mental health issues face, as well as the crisis and recovery process. Lets educate and remove the stigma people! I wish you stability and peace of mind. Xx
Bring awareness to mental health with young people, i have gone through a bad a stage but withe the support of my friends, and support worker i have turned my life around, iv'e learnt how to cope with depression and anxiety down to a fine tune, My road to recovery has inspired me to support other people with mental health issues.