Personal Stories

Neil's Story

“O.C.D” author and most watched poet of all time Neil Hilborn talks about his experiences of mental health and how writing has helped him.

Neil's Story

Pam's Story

Pam talks about her experiences of anxiety and depression, and how other's stories have inspired her.

Pam's Story

Jordan's Story

Jordan talks about how mental health has affected his life, and why he wants to help others.

Jordan's Story

David M's Story

David talks about his experiences of anxiety, and how yoga and mindfulness practises have helped him.

David M's Story

Andrea's Story

Andrea talks about workplace stress and how the great outdoors have helped her.

Andrea's Story

Kevin's Story

Kevin talks about his experiences of PTSD, and how he hopes his story can help others.

Kevin's Story

Rebecca's Story

Rebecca talks about her experiences with anxiety and depression, and how she’s determined to live her life.

Rebecca's Story

David C's Story

As part of National PTSD Awareness Day, David shares his experiences of PTSD and how it led to him contracting Tinnitus.

David C's Story

Tony's Story

Tony talks about his experiences with mental health, and the things that have helped him tun his life around.

Tony's Story

Rab's Story

Commonwealth Games cyclist Rab Wardell recently took part in our Walk a Mile event with Dunoon Grammar on June 9th. Here Rab opens up about his own mental health issues.

Rab's Story

Nicole's Story

Nicole talks about her experiences of Bipolar, how her life has changed, and how fitness and nutrition has helped her.

Nicole's Story

Iain's Story

Iain discusses his experiences with anxiety and depression, and how the arts have helped him work through his issues.

Iain's Story

Chik D's Story

Chik talks about his experiences of OCD, and the support he's received from friends and family.

Chik D's Story

David A's Story

As part of Mental Health Awareness Week David talks about living with anxiety and depression, and the impact it's had on his life.

David A's Story

Dianna's Story

As part of Mental Health Awareness Week Dianna shares what it's like living with paranoid schizophrenia, and the impact it's had on her life.

Dianna's Story

Terri's Story

Chair of the Scottish Youth Parliament Terri Smith opens up about living with Bipolar Disorder and says that just because she's funny, doesn't mean she doesn't suffer.

Terri's Story

Scott's Story

Glasgow Scott McIntyre has been dogged by depression for most of his adult life. After years of medication and therapy, the 39 year old goldsmith finally finds life is on the up.

Scott's Story

Tommy's Story

As part of Mental Health Awareness Week Tommy talks about how an eating disorder triggered by grief, halted his young football career and eventually became so serious he had a heart attack.

Tommy's Story

Malcolm's Story

Dr Malcolm Harvey talks about his experiences of depression, and the importance of recognising the symptoms.

Malcolm's Story

Isla's Story

Isla discusses her experience with Borderline Personality Disorder at the lack of support and services.

Isla's Story

James' Story

MSP James Dornan has written an amazing piece for us on his experiences of depression, and the difficulty men in Scotland have in speaking about how they are feeling.

James' Story

Tracey's Story.

Tracey has lived with depression for most of her life. Hear how it impacts her, and how others can help her.

Tracey's Story.

Leanne's Story

Leanne experienced years of discrimination when she experienced an eating disorder. Read her story here, and listen to Leanne on the importance of speaking out.

Leanne's Story

David's Story

Read David's incredible story of recovery from schizophrenia and starting a family

David's Story

Gemma P's Story

Gemma experienced post traumatic stress when she was at school. Read how it impacted her life and the stigma she faced.

Gemma P's Story

Holly's Story

Watch writer Holly McCormack speaks about tackling self stigma and mental health in education. Hear Holly's advice for people worried about how their mental health will affect their learning and why she will continue to fight stigma and discrimination.

Holly's Story

Des' Story

Our Champion Des spoke about his mental health for the first time with his colleagues at the quarry he works at. Find out how he immediately changed people's opinions.

Des' Story
Paula

Paula's story

Stigma around mental illness hasn't gone away. People still believe that mental illness isn't an illness, that it's the sufferer to blame for feeling that way because how can your mind control the way you feel, it's surely the person who controls it? Wrong.

Paula's story

Tina's Story

Tina is using her experiences of being scared to tell anyone about her eating disorder, to help to educate the next generation. Read her story.

Tina's Story

Pru's Story

Read Pru's story on how stigma around her bi-polar cost her friends and jobs.

Pru's Story
Angela

Angela's story

With Post Natal Depression felt as if I wasn’t good enough for my son. I felt like he would be better off without me. I felt like I was incapable of giving him the life he deserved, which in turn made me feel guilty and took me to a very dark place.

Angela's story
Chik

Chik's story

When I started to become unwell with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder I spent a lot of energy trying to hide it and I didn’t speak to anyone about it for at least a couple of years. I didn’t know what was wrong so didn’t know to get help.

Chik's story

Gem and Rebecca's story

Through university best friends Gem and Rebecca have supported each other with their mental health. From helping each other out of bed when they are struggling, to naming their depression to make it seem less frightening, they have been there for each other through tough times.

Gem and Rebecca's story
Suzanne

Suzanne's story

Suzanne started her career as a social worker a few years ago after getting a first class honours degree at university. Unfortunately after her employers found out about her mental health she lost her job.

Suzanne's story
Heather

Heather's story

I have suffered from anxiety for many years. I think that I managed to keep it to myself for a while. I started having panic attacks about three or four years ago. At the time I felt really lonely, and wasn’t sure how other people would react to how I was feeling.

Heather's story
Danny

Danny's story

I have Borderline Personality Disorder and I feel the stigma of this disorder comes from the misleading name. People hear the name and make the wrong assumption.

Danny's story
Michelle

Michelle's story

I am 41 years old and was first diagnosed with depression about 4 years ago when I walked into my doctors surgery and just broke down in tears. I work for Police Scotland in a seconded post representing staff across the organisation.

Michelle's story
Susan

Susan's story

Depression leaves me weak, feel like a burden and that I am letting all around me down and I want to hide away from everyone. I get scared how they react to me.

Susan's story
Phoebe

Phoebe's story

Nurse Phoebe McBarron speaks about her experiences of self-harm and mental health.

Phoebe's story
Christine

Christine's story

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.

Christine's story
Gemma

Gemma's story

Hear local councillor Gemma speak about her experiences of being dismissed by a GP when she was experiencing depression, because she had 'clean hair and clothes'.

Gemma's story

Angela Hamilton's Story

In 2005 I started a job with a major credit card company. I loved my job and as far as I was concerned it was a job for life. April 2006 I was diagnosed with anxiety, stress and depression.

Angela Hamilton's Story

Angela's Poem

Watch Angela McCrimmon read her amazing poem Don't Judge a Book by its Cover

Angela's Poem

Denise's Story

Hear Denise speak about the discrimination she experienced after her work colleagues found out about her experience of mental health problems.

Denise's Story

Emma's Story

For a long time I was embarrassed about my depression, I felt weak and stupid for having it. For an even longer time I did not even realise I had depression

Emma's Story