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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Andrea on mindfulness: "I'm just so glad I gave it a chance"
Andrea on mindfulness: "I'm just so glad I gave it a chance"

As I read more about mindfulness, several aspects of the practice stood out. The first was the focus on being non-judgmental - I am pretty hard on myself, so it felt like mindfulness gave me 'permission' to treat myself a bit more kindly.

Jonathan's Story
Jonathan's Story

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

Sandy: Mindfulness in the Car
Sandy: Mindfulness in the Car

Sandy, 52, is a Justice of the Peace Volunteer in Western Australia. Here she offers tips for starting out with mindfulness.

"Making mindfulness part of our everyday is the key to its success"
"Making mindfulness part of our everyday is the key to its success"

Claire and her husband Jack founded Shepherds Hill Nursery. Here she talks about practicing mindfulness with the children and witnessing its positive affects.

Deena's story: "Mindfulness helps stop my emotions from skyrocketing from a level 1 to a 10 "
Deena's story: "Mindfulness helps stop my emotions from skyrocketing from a level 1 to a 10 "

Deena has battled with mental health problems for over 12 years but by using mindfulness and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, her good times are beginning to outweigh her bad times...

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...

"Mindfulness has given me my life back"
"Mindfulness has given me my life back"

My depression started in November 2013 as a result of a number of events that took place during that year: the death of a friend, having to reapply for my job...

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.

James' story: "mindfulness isn't all 'airy-fairy' like I thought it was, it's completely different"
James' story: "mindfulness isn't all 'airy-fairy' like I thought it was, it's completely different"

James talks about his struggles with anxiety and how he is using mindfulness to overcome them.

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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