We all tell stories, whether we know it or not. They don’t have to be written in a book; they can be every day life stories. When you tell your friend about a trip you took down the town that’s a story too. Every story has value.
Have a look at our stories below. We’d also love to hear your story, told in whatever way inspires you – find out more by reading our guidelines.
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Charlie Roebuck writes of the dark times and the pain of mental illness. He describes how talking about his problems – and using social media to open up to people – alongside clinical support and counselling has been crucial to his recovery. Trigger warning: References to self-harm and suicide. Also contains strong language.
Regular contributor Becky Farrell raises concerns about services and why she feels their suicide prevention strategies are not effective. Trigger warning: References to suicide.
In this poem Tony Bennett powerfully conveys the way in which mental distress permeates life and awareness so completely; but it also looks to adjustment and adaptation to the external realities of life as the way to survive and recover.
As we celebrate Black History Month this October, Sheffield Flourish feature the work of ADIRA in supporting BME people in Sheffield. Rob Barnett found out more about the organisation and what they are up to by speaking with ADIRA’s founder.
Here we have a positive story of someone confronting a negative issue in their life and managing to find a successful conclusion.
Curious to find out how creativity can interact with our mental wellbeing, Peter went along to a recent event co-hosted by Sheffield Flourish. At the event participants were invited to get involved with creative workshops. Their creations will become part of the upcoming The Labyrinths of Sheffield - a series of three mindful labyrinths set up in Sheffield as part of Festival of the Mind.