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Below you can find a series of blogs and short interviews with people talking about their personal experiences with mental health.

 

Sharing a story about your unique journey with mental health is a great way to encourage others to talk about it as well. We hope this series can help people realise that mental health problems are more common than they think. When more people share their own stories of distress and struggle, and hope and recovery, others can better understand the challenges faced by people with lived experience of mental ill health.

 

If you would like to share your story, please get in touch via info@mhe-sme.org. Help us spread the word and say NO to stigma and discrimination. Your story counts.

Each of Us

Mika Zaikova: Stop, think and take a deep breath

13 May

In the run-up to the European Mental Health Week, Mika Zaikova, an economic analyst and a Bulgarian MP talks about things that help her deal with daily challenges of life

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Each of Us

Ivo Dimchev: Emotions are closely related to all the things we have suppressed in the subconscious

9 May

Ivo Dimchev, a choreographer and a visual artist from Bulgaria, shares how recognising emotions helps him navigate through life

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Each of Us

Mila Bobadova: I want to be responsible, that’s why I see a therapist

8 May

Read our interview with Dr Bobadova, one of the 100 most influential women in Bulgaria, about the need for an open conversation on mental health.

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Each of Us

Crisis and creativity: how I found my true calling during the pandemic

5 May

In the run-up to the European Mental Health Week, writer and artist Sophia Klose shares how the pandemic led her to a career change towards mental health.

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WithdrawOviedo

Listen to those with mental ill-health; end coercion in mental healthcare

3 May

Read about Belle de Jong's experiences at Mount Carmel Hospital and why we need to end coercion in mental healthcare.

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Recovery & Community-based Services

Turning a lens on the challenges of mental health

27 January

In this interview Aoife Casey shares her mental health journey and how she uses art as a recovery tool.

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Recovery & Community-based Services

What a relief to take off the mask and share your mental health problem

24 November

In this interview Mateusz Biernat shares his experiences of mental ill health and his journey of recovery.

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COVID-19 Response

It is not always easy but our capacity for change is much higher than we think

19 August

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Transparency

Transparency is not enough

17 August

In a society where a biomedical model of mental health is still too prominent, a lack of transparency and independence has led to the over-medicalisation of mental health.

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COVID-19 Response

This is a global experience, even if experiences vary tremendously due to inequality

27 May

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Youth

Allow every feeling but focus on good things every day

20 May

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COVID-19 Response

A sense of community among mental health professionals is essential

11 May

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COVID-19 Response

Involve people with lived experience in mental health reform

7 May

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COVID-19 Response

Now more than ever we can be in contact with our clients

16 April

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COVID-19 Response

We’re focusing on one goal – to provide services to the people

16 April

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