Dalano's story of how connection saved his life
"People think the opposite of depression is happiness. I’ve come to believe the opposite of feeling depressed is feeling connected."
Jade's story: 'I could see no way out'
Jade experienced bullying at school, which led to depression, anxiety and wanting to end her life.
Savannah's story: "I wish I had known that talking to others about your problems makes you feel a lot better"
Savannah has lived with mental health problems from a young age. Here, she shares her powerful story.
Becca's story: "I have been on quite a journey"
Becca shares a powerful story about her experiences with mental health problems, including a lack of support from school.
For World Mental Health Day, Jack began sailing around the world...
Sailor Jack Chidley talks about his experience of mental health problems and his unusual way of marking World Mental Health Day 2015.
Julian's Story: "The stigma that still surrounds mental illness is remarkable"
There is still a great stigma that surrounds mental health problems. This can have a terrible impact on those experiencing mental illness. Here, Julian tells his story of how it has affected him.
Mental health statistics: the most common mental health problems
Mixed anxiety and depression is the most common mental health disorder in Britain.
Andrew: Loving someone with depression
Depression is devastating. When someone is experiencing depression, their entire life is blown apart. It can be a massive struggle just to make it through each day. But they aren't the only ones who struggle. Often forgotten are the loved ones of a person with depression. No-one tells them how to cope. They don't know what to do. I would like to try and offer some advice to those people. Knowing somebody you love is struggling with depression leaves you feeling incredibly helpless. You feel if you could say the right thing, or do something special, that maybe you will be able to help them to...
Paul's story: Living with perfectionism and depression
My name's Paul and I'm a recovering perfectionist. I am also recovering from depression. The two are connected. I'd been trying to do too much, too well, trying to please too many people, expecting too much of myself for too long, putting too much pressure on myself, creating too much stress. That's a lot of âtoo muches' for one person. My self-esteem took a battering, I stopped looking forward to anything and I felt like I was useless and hopeless. This might sound like my depression was my fault but however cruel I have been to myself over the last few years I'm not going to start blaming...
Claire's story: overcoming severe depression and post-traumatic stress disorder
I was diagnosed with severe depression and post-traumatic stress disorder after being raped shortly after my 16th birthday. I have struggled with self-harm ever since, taken numerous overdoses and had many hospital admissions. I had buried the pain so deep inside and felt so ashamed that I despised myself and destroyed my body. In January this year, out of the blue, I received a phone call telling me the person who raped me had been accused again of the same crime on someone else. I decided I had to go forward - I needed to do what I should've done so long ago and I thought it would ease my...