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.

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.

Kyle's Story: My experiences with GPs
Kyle's Story: My experiences with GPs

Kyle's GP wasn't well-equipped to help with his mental health condition and lacked the knowledge he needed to support him fully.

Casey's Story: defeating my demons and taking control of my life
Casey's Story: defeating my demons and taking control of my life

At twenty, Casey's life changed dramatically when Anorexia took hold. Read how she found her way back with the support of her GP, family and friends.

Barry D's Self-management Story
Barry D's Self-management Story

Barry Dix attended one of our first Self-Management courses in Wales in 2009. His life has improved significantly since then and he continues to apply the techniques learnt and benefit from the peer support group from the course.


Wendy's Story
Wendy's Story

When she was diagnosed with postnatal depression Wendy felt let down by the system, until exercise helped her to manage her condition.

Bringing Back Nicola
Bringing Back Nicola

Nicola developed anxiety and depression after a series of difficult events in her life took their toll. Read her story.

Kelly B's Story
Kelly B's Story

Kelly has experienced depression, anorexia, anxiety and bipolar disorder. She finds that exercise is the most effective method for managing her mental health.

Heide's Story: Bipolar and Becoming an Artist
Heide's Story: Bipolar and Becoming an Artist

After Heide was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder, she discovered through drawing that art allows her to share her experiences and help others feel less alone.

Jo's Story: Battling "The Beast" of Depression
Jo's Story: Battling "The Beast" of Depression

Jo has experienced depression since her teens. Her journey through several crises and diagnoses has brought her to a much better place.

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