Personal Stories

Hear from people on their experiences of mental health, stigma and discrimination. See what helped, how people were supportive, and how people made it more difficult, along with real examples on how to beat discrimination.

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Osama's Story

Racism and bullying at school had a huge impact on Osama's mental health - but he's now speaking out to help others.

Osama's Story
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Bridget's Story

The stigma Bridget experienced from a young age turned into self-stigma. She shares how it affects her, and how she manages her feelings.

Bridget's Story

Chanise's Story

Chanise began struggling with her mental health at the age of 11, and was diagnosed with dissociative disorder and depression. She wants young people's mental health to be taken seriously.

Chanise's Story
scotty

Scotty's Story

Scotty spent most of his young life struggling, before meeting people who had been through similar things to him. Together they're now helping others.

Scotty's Story
Kristi with Prince William

Kristi's Story

On World Mental Health Day volunteer Kristi talks about her experiences of anxiety and depression, and how music has helped.

Kristi's Story
Jill up a mountain

Jill's Story

Jill shares her experiences of anxiety, and how it's affected her job as an Occupational Therapist.

Jill's Story
Lisa

Lisa's Story

Lisa shares her experiences of living with anxiety and why it’s important to help others.

Lisa's Story

Sam's Story

Sam shares his story about how racism and bully negatively impacted his mental health, and how volunteering has helped.

Sam's Story
Pam

Pam's Story

Pam talks about her experiences of anxiety and depression, and how other's stories have inspired her.

Pam's Story
David

David M's Story

David talks about his experiences of anxiety, and how yoga and mindfulness practises have helped him.

David M's Story
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Kevin's Story

Kevin talks about his experiences of PTSD, and how he hopes his story can help others.

Kevin's Story
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Rebecca's Story

Rebecca talks about her experiences with anxiety and depression, and how she’s determined to live her life.

Rebecca's Story
Iain and his son

Iain's Story

Iain discusses his experiences with anxiety and depression, and how the arts have helped him work through his issues.

Iain's Story
David

David A's Story

As part of Mental Health Awareness Week David talks about living with anxiety and depression, and the impact it's had on his life.

David A's Story
Gem and Rebecca chatting

Gem and Rebecca's story

Through university best friends Gem and Rebecca have supported each other with their mental health. From helping each other out of bed when they are struggling, to naming their depression to make it seem less frightening, they have been there for each other through tough times.

Gem and Rebecca's story
Heather

Heather's story

I have suffered from anxiety for many years. I think that I managed to keep it to myself for a while. I started having panic attacks about three or four years ago. At the time I felt really lonely, and wasn’t sure how other people would react to how I was feeling.

Heather's story