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For potentially as long as five years, but most definitely for at least as long as two, I have lived with the fear that everything around me is going to make me, or someone close to me ill. I’d ask whether food was cooked properly. I’d ask if it was hot enough. I’d watch what I touched. I... Read more
Welcome to the new roaring 20’s, the decade where I imagined I would be out at festivals, around friends, family gatherings and in all making memories. The start of this decade for me has been roaring, and has given my memories, but ones that feel like a lion holding my down, roaring so... Read more
I remember the exact moment the first intrusive thought unexpectedly landed. I just knew that something had happened that couldn’t be undone. You can’t unthink a thought. You can’t go back to the blissful time before your mind threw up the worst thought imaginable. I was rubbing my huge... Read more
My mental health story starts at the age of four with my older sister´s death – I went from a happy go lucky child to one who couldn´t bear for any objects in her bedroom to be touched. If I could just make everything in my room “perfect”, then I felt I had some sense of control and the... Read more
I remember it vividly, the leaflet lying on top of a pile of papers in the music room. Signs and symptoms of Meningitis in children, a starkly graphic picture of septic rash and how to glass test for it on the back page. I must have been about 7 or 8 and I don't think I fully understood... Read more