Personal Stories

Des Macmillan

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 Macmillan
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
Tracey

Tracey's story

I've lived with clinical depression for about 15 years and the reason I know that depression is so misunderstood is that the most common reaction I get from people is "You're a beautiful girl with a great job, a lovely home and a fantastic family - what do you have to be depressed about?"

Tracey'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
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
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

Richard's Story

Mental health problems don’t discriminate, they attack anybody and everybody. It affects families, friends and loved ones, it tests relationships, diminishes hopes and aspirations.

Richard'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