When Adrianne was 13 she was diagnosed with depression. She has had varied experiences with the Mental Health Act, ranging from frustration with forced treatment, to time spent in a mental health hospital where treatment was personalised and she felt properly listened to. More recently, Adrianne was diagnosed with symptoms of BPD (borderline personality disorder). She is living with and managing her mental illness, and is a fiction writer with her first book due to be published in 2017.
Rose is the blogger behind Be Your Own Light blog, which provides great articles about living with mental illness, from both herself and guest bloggers. Below she talks to us about how she has dealt with depression and suicidal thoughts.
Sue is one of our long-term supporters, who has raised £14k for our services by doing a variety of different activities. Not only has Sue raised money for us, but she has been a key influencer in her community and has spent years raising awareness for our cause. Below Sue tells her story and we hope that encourages you to donate to her page or start fundraising yourself!
Concerned about the Government’s cuts to mental health funding, Victoria – whose son has schizophrenia – organised a meeting with her local MP along with her Rethink Mental support group. In an inspiring interview, Victoria sheds light on what happens during these meetings, plus you can find out how you can play a part in fighting for change with our help.
Our Advice and Information Service has just won Helpline of the Year for its work answering over 7,000 phone and email queries last year – some from members of the public with a mental illness, some from anxious friends and family. Many callers tell us they wish they’d known about the service earlier. Here, Service Manager Laura Peters tells us about an average day.
Marilyn Stowe, an expert divorce lawyer for more than 30 years who heads a firm with offices throughout the country, has seen it all – sharing her knowledge and expertise along the way via helpful posts on her divorce & family law blog.
Below Marilyn talks about her experience in dealing with clients, and how mental health can be a part of that.
Cam Walton is a Rethink Mental Illness Supporter, who lives a fast paced life driving race cars!
Cam talks about how his difficult journey with mental health, lead him to race cars and how it provided his family with a break away from their troubles.
Hello and welcome to the first ever Participation Team blog! We are excited to share with you some of our latest in news and updates through monthly blog posts. First of all, an introduction to the team which has grown a lot this year! The Participation Team is led by the Head of Participation, 2 Groups and Involvement Managers, 3 Administrators, 5 Groups and Involvement Officers and 3 Group Development Officers.
Mark Bowery is a support of Rethink Mental Illness, with lived experience, and has taken on the challenge of running 5K a day to raise money. His journey hasn't been the easiest, but with pure dedication and passion the end is finally in sight!
Jemima from our fundraising team will head to a production of Jekll and Hyde. The opening night will be a charity perfomance in aid of Rethink Mental Illness! Below Graham Thomas, Director, gives us his notes on the production.