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.
Learning to describe and share your feelings can be a great tool in managing mental distress. Peter explains how reflection and honesty have been key when speaking about his experiences and have helped him to take ownership of his mental illness. Sharing with others can be daunting, but here the author inspires us to write our own stories.
Sarah Cardwell writes about how writing a blog since being diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder has helped her come to terms with her diagnosis – and opened up new opportunities for her in future, too.
Trish has written a very moving and informative piece about the way people talk about a person’s death as though trying to avoid actually talking about that person’s death. Trigger warning: references to death/bereavement
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.