Time to Change
Time to Change
04/27/2017 at 09:16. Facebook
"How you respond to your friend when they are ill will have a massive impact on them. You don't need to be a mental health practitioner to support your friend, you just need to be you."

Jess writes about her friends, and how they've responded to her mental health problems in helpful and hurtful ways: [ Bit.ly Link ]
How you respond to your friend when they are ill will have
Becky Shields
Heidi Gough
Charmaine Phelps
Time to Change
Time to Change
04/26/2017 at 11:52. Facebook
"If I'd been able to talk years ago I wouldn't have needed to suffer and nor would the people around me. I believe that society as a whole was to blame in not understanding and treating metal illness as a second rate health problem."

Nat writes about his experience of mental health problems and how openness would have helped him: [ Bit.ly Link ]
If Id been able to talk years ago I wouldnt have needed
Mary Plus Peggy
Adam Davy
Catherine North
Time to Change
Time to Change
04/25/2017 at 12:28. Facebook
Anything that makes me feel guilty or puts me under pressure to get better isn’t going to help."

Kelly shares some of the responses she's heard to her depression, and compiles a list of things it's not helpful to hear: [ Bit.ly Link ]
Anything that makes me feel guilty or puts me under pressure to
Sarah Pemberton
Graeme Lynch
Sammie Barnes
Time to Change
Time to Change
04/24/2017 at 08:35. Facebook
"They haven’t been scared of my emotion, or dismissed me as damaged, or stayed away because they don’t know what to do."

Instead, Josie's friends have been in her corner, seeing her depression as an illness, not as part of her. Read her story: [ Bit.ly Link ]
They havent been scared of my emotion or dismissed me as damaged
Amanda Longworth
Kayleigh Ineson
Leonora Fletcher
"The point of this post is to prove that a photo literally captures a second, we can all put on a brave face and smile, pretending everything is ok when in reality that isn't always the case." Thanks to Anna for sharing this great post about anxiety: [ Bit.ly Link ]
The point of this post is to prove that a photo literally
Debbie Wheatley Perera
Charmaine Phelps
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Jack writes about his experiences with anxiety, autism, and the youth worker who helped him regain confidence: [ Bit.ly Link ]
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"The experience left me with a recurring thought: 'Everyone will leave you in the end'. But my true friends, family and my girlfriend helped me get through my years of hell."
Chris writes about his experiences with depression: [ Bit.ly Link ]
The experience left me with a recurring thought Everyone will leave you
Chris Elliott-Mills
David Hobbs
Alison Thomas-Williams
"My manager listened and was very understanding. It turns out he has a friend who is going through a diagnosis for bipolar and knew what the illness was. He was hugely supportive in my return to work and I feel I can talk openly about it if I need to."

Shell writes about two very different responses to talking about mental health at work - one good, one bad. Read more: [ Bit.ly Link ]
My manager listened and was very understanding It turns out he has
Kirstie Yeomans
Liam Steele
Gemma Palfreman
What does our social media mean to you?

Help us to change attitudes towards mental illness more effectively. Have your say, take our survey: [ Bit.ly Link ]
What does our social media mean to you Help us to change
Suri Evarts
Helen Taverner
Graham Keeton
“All you have to do is listen and support one another, not leave them on their own to struggle. Just offering a listening ear or saying that you are there for someone can change their day, so what’s stopping you from doing that today or tomorrow? Or any other day?”

Read Sam's blog on changing attitudes to mental health problems: [ Bit.ly Link ]
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Rodrick Graves
Frances Tyzack
Dean Snowsell
"I always worried what they thought. Worried that they would see me as weak, worried that they would think I couldn’t do a good job, worried that I didn’t actually look like I had had an eating disorder."

Hope is an eating disorder survivor. Read her story: [ Bit.ly Link ]
I always worried what they thought Worried that they would see me
Alan W. Pollard
Katie Prentice
Audrey Steele
"I hear the doctor's words over and over in my head: 'You are severely depressed. Deal with this now or it will ruin your career.'"

Read Rhiannon's blog on why we need to change attitudes to mental health in workplaces: [ Bit.ly Link ]
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Robert Barton-Ancliffe
Christina Alexandra
Mandy Burrows
When she was diagnosed with an eating disorder, Kathryn's friends had her back, and it didn't take much. If a friend is unwell, being in their corner can make a huge difference and help them to get better.
Michael Stamper
Ansje-Johanna P. DeZeeuw
Dawn Connell
"The pressure to be 'better' is intense, and so hard to deal with on top of the actual mental health problem."

Lucy writes about the questions and expectations around her recovery: she wants people to know that the ups and downs of mental health don't just disappear. Read more: [ Bit.ly Link ]
The pressure to be better is intense and so hard to deal
Eva Brock
Ria Steer
Craig Hepworth
"Sometimes the thought of being there for someone can be pretty daunting. We question whether we’ll have the time, whether we can say the right thing. But it doesn't need to feel like a full time job."

Katie shares her experience of being in a mate's corner, and how it's easier than it often seems: [ Bit.ly Link ] #inyourcorner
Sometimes the thought of being there for someone can be pretty daunting
Paul Harris
Martin Rukin
Roberto Ro
Today is the World Health Organisation’s #WorldHealthDay focusing on depression. Wherever you are from, let's change the way we all think and act about mental health.

Read Chris’ blog on how he’s using his experience of depression to change attitudes for the better: [ Bit.ly Link ]
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Calum Farquhar
Frances Tyzack
Kirstie Yeomans
"Hardnosed and hard-pressed professional business men and women have been so empathetic, supportive, so understanding, loyal and caring. Without doubt this collective response was the beginning of the end of my darkest years."

Everyone should receive the same support for mental health problems from colleagues as Alan. Read his story: [ Bit.ly Link ]
Hardnosed and hardpressed professional business men and women have been so empathetic
Linda Redman
Julia Neo Baker
"If you know someone who's struggling or is acting differently – be a friend to them. Reach out. Trust me, it will make a difference."

Find out how you can be in your mate's corner when they're going through a mental health problem – read Jim's story: [ Bit.ly Link ]
If you know someone whos struggling or is acting differently be a
Liz Tomlinson
Tammy Belcher
Lisette Abrahams
"You cannot fathom the impact of having someone who can listen and understand by your side."

Lee, Heidi and dozens of others talk about how much it helps to have a friend in their corner when fighting a mental health problem, in this amazing collection of stories created by Jodie. Read more: [ Bit.ly Link ]
You cannot fathom the impact of having someone who can listen and
Taylor Raley
Jodie Goodacre
Andrew Jinks
"I'm a fit, physically healthy, working professional who's just admitted I have a mental health problem. As this hard Yorkshireman starts to talk to people, I feel the whole world starting to change around me."

Being in your mate's corner can make a difference. Read Trevor's story: [ Bit.ly Link ]
Im a fit physically healthy working professional whos just admitted I have
Daniel Harris
Kevin Cook
Clive Heckenberg