“Stigma is when someone is afraid of me or afraid of a part of me because they don’t understand – or want to understand – it…”
“I learned to practise self-care when my body was so run down that I was at the point of having a break down. I was told If I didn’t change and rest I would be back in hospital. That’s what did it for me. It was very hard to just stop…”
“When the people in my life give me this space to talk and explain, I don’t feel the need to hide my mental illness”
I talk about my diagnosis because I want others like me to know they are not alone and that they can accomplish great things if they keep trying – and show themselves a little self-love. We are taught by society to be ashamed of ourselves or live in fear of ourselves, but if we own […]
@Social_anx is a Twitter page sharing relatable stories, polls and anonymous submissions about social anxiety. In this article, I interview the person behind the Twitter handle on their own experience having this illness, as well as their views and advice surrounding broader issues in mental health. In their own words, here is a brief introduction: I’ve […]
“I believe [negative thoughts] can be recognised as the sometimes random ticker tape message of the brain” The following interview was carried out between myself and a Psychotherapist named Dan. I ask Dan about his ideas surrounding issues in mental health, and he responds with his own understanding and experience of such issues, as well […]
Joséphine Mwanvua runs a motivational mental health blog dedicated to “guiding you through mental rehabilitation from depression and anxiety”. In the following interview, I ask Joséphine about her own experience of mental illness and stigma, as well as her ideas on how we can eradicate such stigma through education and providing support to those suffering.