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.

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Ed's Story: "Mindfulness, for me, is a way of training the mind to be healthy"
Ed's Story: "Mindfulness, for me, is a way of training the mind to be healthy"

Ed talks about his first experience of mindfulness

Kathy's Story: "I could feel something changing during the mindfulness course"
Kathy's Story: "I could feel something changing during the mindfulness course"

Kathy was living a happy and fulfilling life until she began to experience bouts of depression. Here she talks about how learning mindfulness techniques helped her regain control of her life.

Scott Stossel: "I think many anxious people can benefit from mindfulness"
Scott Stossel: "I think many anxious people can benefit from mindfulness"

Scott Stossel, editor of The Atlantic, talks 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.

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