Stories from around the world

Fountain House

"They need you for everything, it's like having your own house but with others who share the same experience. It doesn't just help you to connect socially or in the workforce, it helps with your mood and teaches you to look at the good and the healthy aspects of...

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Time to Change

"I first heard about Time to Change from a friend. I’d just been diagnosed with bipolar and I really didn’t know anything about mental health. I started reading blogs on the Time to Change website. Almost immediately I came across one from a bricklayer named Dave. His...

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Friendship Bench

Tichafa developed epilepsy as a child, most likely due to obstetric complications when he was born according to his aunt. Both his parents are late. At school he used to have frequent seizures before he was commenced o medication. Although he no longer has frequent...

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Orygen

"Being a member of Orygen’s National Youth Advisory group (YAC) has given me the confidence to help stand up for young people and change my community. I use the way Orygen work with their YAC as a guide to improve youth and client participation in my town. Orygen...

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Movement for Global Mental Health

Diagnosed with schizophrenia (1991) set off a journey that exposed Charlene to the realities of a mental health care system that was failing service users and of a society who perceived them as the population group not entitled to dignity, equality, human rights or...

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War Child Holland

Sarah does not talk. She whispers. She is quiet and withdrawn. She has barely smiled for months. Her parents died in 2013 during South Sudan's first outbreak of violence. In 2016, Sarah fled the violence with her sister and brother-in-law. "Rebels came to our house,"...

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South African Federation for Mental Health

Anne, diagnosed with major depression (2012), experienced harsh responses from the community and frustrations in accessing appropriate mental health services. Anne lives in Douglas, Northern Cape, South Africa, where resources for mental health is scarce and stigma...

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The Stability Network

Rachel* has been hospitalized twice due to bipolar episodes and is currently meeting with a psychiatrist regularly to determine the medication and regime that work best for her health. She was directed to The Stability Network’s website by her therapist and later...

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Give an Hour

“Thank you. Thank you for providing the needed services that my veteran husband and I so desperately needed. We were in a cycle of finding ourselves at a breaking point, until we thought it was actually broken. We took a break from each other, and reached out to you...

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Born This Way Foundation

"Growing up in a small town as a queer Latina was tough, especially because it was difficult connecting to the resources I needed. As president of my school’s LGBTQIA+ club, I discovered that other queer youth were in need of resources too – including mental health...

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Carter Centre

Susan is 19 years old and an 11th grade student at William V.S. Tubman High School in Monrovia, where Leah Sorboh, a child and adolescent mental health clinician, runs the school-based clinic. Susan meets twice a week with Leah and says that the counselling helps her...

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Buena Semilla

“The Women’s Circles have helped me handle the agitation that comes from being isolated in my home. Leaving the house, where no one supports you, where sometimes they scold you, and having a space to laugh or cry, sharing difficult times and hearing the stories and...

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Human Development Research Foundation

This is the story of A, a mother of two sons with intellectual disability and Thalassemia living in a village in North Pakistan. A got to know about the FaNs (Family Networks) 4 Kids program through an IVR poster, and desperate to get any help for her children, she...

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Mental Health Commission of Canada

At least two thirds of people living with a mental illness will not seek help because of the fear of being labelled as “unpredictable,” “crazy” or even “dangerous.” Stigma is a major barrier preventing many from getting the support they need. In 2009 the Mental Health...

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International Medical Corps

Isaï first came to Bria Hospital in March 2018 on the back of a motorcycle. As a result of extreme agitation, the young man had been tied up for at least 10 days. Severely dehydrated, he had been unable to sleep or eat. His wounds had become deeply infected and he...

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International Association for Youth Mental Health

"I am a youth ambassador for the Community Health Assessment Team (CHAT), a youth mental health outreach and assessment programme initiated under the auspices of the Ministry of Health Singapore in 2009. CHAT was inspired by the strong youths’ voice in the 2nd IAYMH...

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Clubhouse International

"I am a member of Haabersti Clubhouse, in Tallinn Estonia. I go to the Clubhouse almost every day, and it has become like another home to me. Belonging to my Clubhouse has given my life meaning, and a sense of importance. It is what motivates me to push forward again....

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MINDS Foundation

Arjunbhai is a 35-year-old man and the father of three children who showed signs two years ago suggestive of schizophrenia. He stopped talking to his family, lost his appetite, stopped going to work at the local school, was seen speaking to himself, and ran around...

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Canadian Mental Health Association

Matt Phinney, 38, had already experienced mental illness when his employer, Capital One, launched the Not Myself Today initiative in 2017. Implemented in over 450 organizations so far, it’s a unique, evidence-based workplace mental health initiative that builds...

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