Minds Anonymous provides a safe space to share your mental health stories completely anonymously.
By increasing the understanding of mental health conditions we hope to abolish stigma.
A powerful story can change a life...
Let us share yours.
- My Son KevinThis is my story, how I see things as a parent and caretaker. Let me introduce you to my son, Kevin. He likes to write poetry, paint, draw, play with his cat, take walks, and watch documentaries. He learns new facts about the things he’s interested in. I grew up eating sliced American cheese and Velveeta. At any given time, Kevin chooses deli wedges of different cheeses. He’s talked about the smooth taste of cheeses or the aroma, color and texture. He knows his cheeses. He was eating aged cheddar one day and told his brother that it’s similar in taste to Gouda. He’s vegetarian and manages his own diet. He likes to eat oysters, crab, salmon and lobster. He’s a food connoisseur.
- RADIO: The Business of Grief and LossWe will all experience a bereavement at some point in our lives, so why is grief not spoken about more openly and how can we support those grieving? In this The Business of… episode on Connections Radio, our Founder Louisa “Wizzi” Magnussen interviews the Founder of Grief Coach, Emma Payne, posing the below questions and more: What inspired you to set up Grief Coach? How does the text service work and how can people access it? Do you have professionals on the other side of the text service, offering real time support to those grieving?
- SUPPORT: Just ListenWe often talk about the person who is living with mental illness, how it might be for them, strategies to help deal with it all from day to day, sources of help and support they may reach out to, but we don’t often talk about the carers and support workers trying to be there for them and offer whatever it is that they need to get through the demands of every day life. This is clearly an enormous subject when you consider that each person has different needs and are likely to need, and be looking for, different kinds of help. The word ‘carer’, and indeed ‘support worker’ can mean anything from a live-in carer who is totally responsible for the physical and mental care of another, to a neighbour who pops in each day to prepare lunch or check that the other person is okay. The first carer could be a spouse, a sibling, a son/daughter, any other relative or, a paid professional carer. Their role would very much depend on the specific needs to be met but would also depend on the skill, abilities, willingness and commitment of the carer/support worker. With physical need there may be a need for physical fitness in order to lift, manoeuvre from bed to chair, make more comfortable and actually support physically. There are probably clear requirements of the carer/supporter who will likely be aware of their own limitations and will know when to ask for further support. That support may be from other family members or more formal sources. Whoever is doing the caring, it is a daunting and often exhausting task requiring the carer to be available every day always needing to put the other person first. This can be particularly hard for the elderly when frequently the carer is the spouse who may have physical limitations themselves.
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Do you have a mental health story to tell? Why not share it with us. We will never expose your true identity to anyone but by sharing your truth, you may well help someone going through a similar experience.
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Minds Anonymous is an initiative set up to end the stigma that surrounds mental health, offer support to those that suffer and increase understanding of common and uncommon mental health conditions.
By sharing stories of real life mental health experiences, we aim to prove that managing mental health is simply part of being human. We may face individual challenges, but by learning about each other, we are in a stronger place to support one another.
Ending mental health stigma, one story at a time.