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.
- SUPPORT: Isolation‘Deck the halls with boughs of holly, fa lalalalalalalala ‘Tis the season to be jolly, fa lalalalalalalala’ It’s December and this message, and others like it, are reverberating from everywhere. It is on television, social media, in shopping centres, on the radio, in the workplace, schools, colleges and universities – in fact everywhere where people gather. It is of course relating to the forthcoming Christmas season promising joy, happiness, love and togetherness, not to mention wonderful food, gifts and camaraderie. It all sounds marvellous doesn’t it? Well, doesn’t it? Indeed for some people it is like that, with loved ones all around, wrapping paper all over the place and a real sense of belonging, but is it like that for everyone? The answer here, of course, is no, it is not. For someone who feels isolated it merely exacerbates the feeling of being alone.
- POEM: Men & MonstersThe Answer is already here, Over and again, When we’re ready To hear it. Love. ‘Shut up.’ ‘You never listen.’ ‘Not everyone thinks like you.’ ‘You expect too much of people.’ ‘You’re not always right, you know.’ Somehow I always confused People’s honest advice For personal criticism Of me, myself and I And took it to heart Or turned it to rage or tears; I mistook their love for my ego And so for thirty years I missed the lessons I can’t perhaps Live without. I hope they all know I was trying my best, But for a very long time I was very depressed; I’m sorry I didn’t listen, But I couldn’t hear properly, I’m sorry for the outbursts, But the world had overwhelmed me, I’m sorry for the endless raging, But I felt there was nothing left inside, I’m sorry for the negativity, But my problems seemed bigger than you or me, And I’m sorry for the moralism too, But behind closed doors I was at war With a masochist.
- Autism & ADHD: A Lifetime of Misunderstanding & the Clarity of a DiagnosisUntil now I have never had a formal diagnosis. I have had a hand wavey ‘You seem depressed, try some meds’ from a GP but that was it. A few months ago, I was prescribed medication for panic attacks, and I had become aware in recent years that I probably suffered from anxiety. Other than that, there was no explanation for why I so often melt down, why I’m unable to be the happy, energetic person my friends know me as. So often I feel like nobody knows the real me. I have many different friend groups and they all know a different version of me, even I struggle to work out who I actually am. I have had suggestions from therapists, friends and family as to what may be the cause of my cyclical depression. I have never liked the term depression, it only seems to describe a small part of what I have so often feel, but I have had no other words to explain it. Past trauma, money troubles, ongoing physical ailments, these all seem like plausible explanations for past episodes, but nobody ever seemed to take note when I would say that my symptoms were present before any of that happened.
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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.
Minds Anonymous’ mission is to end mental health stigma, one story at a time.
What People Say about Minds Anonymous
I think there has never been a better time to do it. Lot’s of people are struggling this year and we’re not out of the woods yet.Minds Anonymous Supporter
I still think its mad that literally everyone I know has mental health issues of some kind and yet there’s still this feeling that we can’t be open about it!Minds Anonymous Supporter