Mental Health Stories

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Your stories of personal experiences with mental ill-health or the support you gave to a friend or family member are important in helping others understand how they can get help and in breaking down stigma.

Stories provide education, support and can be one of many positive triggers to help people understand more about their own mental health. Below you'll find inspiring stories about the full range of mental health conditions from people at all walks of life.

Support us by telling us your story or find out how to become a media volunteer for us.

Scott Stossel, editor of The Atlantic, on anxiety, happiness and the power of Mindfulness...
Scott Stossel, editor of The Atlantic, on anxiety, happiness and the power of Mindfulness...

Scott Stossel is the editor of American online magazine, The Atlantic. Here, Stossel talks to us about his struggles with generalized anxiety disorder, ideas of happiness, and why mindfulness could hold the key...

Jess' Story: "People often think I’m lying about my arthritis because I'm only 17"
Jess' Story: "People often think I’m lying about my arthritis because I'm only 17"

Jess explains why dancing, having fun with friends, and thinking about the future is so painful.

Theo's Story: "I watched my brother’s battle with M.E. so I knew what I was in store for"
Theo's Story: "I watched my brother’s battle with M.E. so I knew what I was in store for"

Theo tells us about having his life put on hold and why conversations with friends aren't easy anymore.

Patricia's Story: "If you think old you will be old, if you think young you’ll stay young"
Patricia's Story: "If you think old you will be old, if you think young you’ll stay young"

Patricia is a Dementia Peer Support Worker at the Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster Memory Service run by Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust.

Anna Williamson - My Battle with Anxiety
Anna Williamson - My Battle with Anxiety

TV presenter and journalist Anna Williamson shares her experience of anxiety disorder and panic disorder as part of Mental Health Awareness Week.

Jonathan's Story
Jonathan's Story

I have been undergoing the fight with anxiety and panic for as long as I can remember.

Brian's Story
Brian's Story

Brian didn't recognise his first experience of anxiety, he just knew he was falling apart.

Stephanie's Story: overcoming anxiety and eating disorders with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Stephanie's Story: overcoming anxiety and eating disorders with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

I’ve always had a natural tendency to be on edge, extremely aware of my surroundings and alert all the time and, although a predisposition to being quite observant is great for your career, it isn’t always the best for your personal relationships.

Lily's story: How a self-management course changed my life
Lily's story: How a self-management course changed my life

"It's strange to think I tried to commit suicide a matter of weeks before attending a self-management course."

Rachel's Story: learning confidence in her parenting skills
Rachel's Story: learning confidence in her parenting skills

Rachel struggled when Jake was born and again after the birth of her second child, Evan. She felt lonely and sad and wasn’t confident that she was doing a good job as a parent.

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