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.
We will use trigger warnings when our Editing Panel feel it is appropriate, and you can use the filter to take these stories out. If you feel affected by the content of any of the stories please click here.
After Dan McAllister died by suicide in May 2015 his family set up SToRMS, an organisation working to prevent deaths like Dan’s. Suzanne, Dan’s mum, talks about what they hope to achieve. Trigger warning: suicide
Here Anne Sophie discusses the challenges of talking about trauma, particularly with those close (or who you’d like to be close) to you. Who can be trusted, who needs to know, and how they will react to her story? Trigger warning: abuse
Peter encourages us to aspire to be better listeners. Helpful tips are gleaned from the Samaritans' 'Talk to us' campaign and shared with us in this article.
Jessica Gibson writes an enlightening account of just how much mental health services can vary in different parts of the country, and describes some of the approaches to mental health support in Sheffield. Her story highlights the profound impact that the right kind of help can have.
Some really thoughtful but practical advice on how to help people on benefits. Lots of signposting to websites which have a wealth of information.
Each month Sheffield Flourish feature an organisation who we think people should know more about, as part of our monthly themes. This July we were given a recommendation by one of our volunteers Jess, who had lots of positive things to say about working with Big Ambitions. Here, Jess tells her story of getting employment support with the local organisation.