Stories and essays are a powerful tool in reducing stigma. We want you to share your stories, your thoughts and your opinions on mental health stigma and ways that it can be challenged.
Our Champion Maria shares her thoughts on ways that books can open our minds about mental health. Her she explores a classic... Harry Potter.
Being as I am a very serious woman, someone who writes drama, whose poetry has themes of mental health and stigma and who does very responsible job, when I asked if I could write for Inspire about my mental health recovery I was planning to ruminate deeply on Vincent van Gogh and W. H. Auden and the like.
Our Champion, Maria has some thoughts on the perception of Christmas. We know that for some, its a difficult time - if you're struggling, remember to take care of yourself.
'Tis the season as the carol goes and for the most part, Christmas is a time to feel jolly. But, sometimes, we can literally get wrapped up in the pressure to enjoy ourselves.
I find the stigma I experience in relation to living with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) comes in the form of a damaging misconception of what the illness actually is.
A year ago I wouldn’t have imagined I would be talking so freely about my mental health. Throughout my life, only a few people have known about my problems and not all of them have known the full extent.
My mental health struggles began after the death of my mum five year's ago. As a child I had always been sensitive and anxious and had displayed signs of OCD, but for the most part these had disappeared once I reached adulthood.
After having just finished my second year studying psychology in Dublin, it feels a bit odd to be writing an article as a part of the Change Your Mind campaign. My own mind is still in essay-mode so I apologise in advance if my writing comes across more as an assignment than an article. I’m passionate about mental health so naturally I jumped at the opportunity to write a piece on stigma.
One of our CYM Champions, Joe explains how mental health isn't a one way street. If you get help, you can begin to make plans for the future. Joe continues to work hard on improving his mental health and we would like to thank him for sharing his story.
As often as I can, I do an unguided body scan.
Early next year will be the second anniversary of the death of my good friend John who sadly lost his life to suicide. When I think of John, which I do often as we met through our shared love of music I think of one of most generous, funniest and nicest people I have had the privilege to know and call a friend.
Rachel Leonard is currently studying for a PhD exploring family focused practice for mothers with mental illness and their families.