Shaun is a group coordinator and treasurer for our Southend Rethink Mental Illness support group. He was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder in 2012 but is now focusing on supporting others this festive season, organising a Christmas party for the group on 28 December.
Jessica’s problems with her body image and academic pressure were a gradual process, and their beginnings are difficult to pinpoint. Having been let down by health professionals from the very beginning, she has now responded well to treatment and is living her life with the support of her family.
Joy Hibbins, the winner of the Janey Antoniou award, Joy talks about how her own experiences led to her setting up the charity Suicide Crisis and inform her campaigning work.
Universal Credit has been appearing in the news more frequently with talk of 'delayed rollouts' and 'welfare reform' taking up space in the headlines. Trying to cut through what this actually mean to those of us claiming benefits can be difficult.
Most people remember their significant birthdays as a time of fun and enjoyment – but for actress & writer Juliete Burton, looking back on her 18th Birthday brings back vivid memories of being detained under the Mental Health Act. As part of our #actformentalhealth campaign, Juliette Burton took time our from her award winning Butterfly Effect tour to write about her experiences.
Augusto has managed Bipolar Disorder for over twenty years. Having experienced depression for as long as he can remember, he has gone through a number of particularly difficult periods, and has suffered from suicide ideation and delusions. After hospitalisation and a period of self-reflection, he is now enjoying every day to its fullest potential.
Earlier this week the media reported new stats that showed the number of girls seeking help for self-harm has doubled in the last ten years. Predictably, the media lay the blame for this increase on social media! We asked Natalya, one of our young champions her views on social media and what are her tips for staying safe online.