Getting help for your mental health
can be a challenge, but the reality is that a range of help is
available. With the right help, and support from friends and
family, people can and do recover from their mental health
In these short films,
Helen, Gemma and Stephen talk to us about how they got the help and
support they needed when they were having problems with their
If you have your own
experience of getting help for your mental health and would like
others to benefit from that experience, you can create your own
Know Where to Go film.
Below, you can find some of the first
amazing films submitted to us and you can find out
here how to make your own.
FRIENDS AND FAMILY
Gemma made a
Know Where to Go film for us back in May. In this new video, we
talk to Gemma, her mum and her friend, to find out how their
support helped her recover from depression.
Stephen made a
Know Where to Go film for us in May. He's made a follow up film
talking about the importance of support from friends and family,
and how his mum has helped him manage his mental health
SEE HELEN'S STORY
Helen, from Glasgow, is a mother of three and works
full-time as Head of Business Development for a Branding Agency.
She first developed problems with her mental health following the
birth of her second child and has dealt with periods of depression
With the support of family, friends and health professionals, Helen
successfully got help for her depression.
"I really feel I am 100 % back
to normal - whatever that is! I received excellent care from my
local GP and health visitor, but I also have a great family
and group of friends."
SEE GEMMA'S STORY
Gemma, 21, works for a rail company and volunteers as an
advocate in her spare time. As a teenager, she began showing signs
of depression and was encouraged by her mother to go to her GP for
With help from her family, friends and a variety of support and
treatment, Gemma is now able to successfully manage her
"I had no idea where to get help, or if
I even could, when I first experienced depression. Now I know where
to get help before it becomes a big problem."
SEE STEPHEN'S STORY
Stephen, from Glasgow, runs his own business. He first
developed problems with his mental health at university and avoided
seeking help for a long time, something he now says was a mistake.
After a breakdown, he was diagnosed with schizophrenia.
Using a variety of support and treatments, he is now
able to manage his condition.
"If I was to give one piece of advice
to people who are beginning to experience mental health problems:
seek help and talk to someone before it is too late."
YOUR FILMS: STEPHEN FRY
Stephen Fry is an actor, comedian, TV
presenter, novelist and, as President of Mind, a prominent mental health spokesperson.
Here he tells us how important it is to know where to go to get
help for your mental health.
YOUR FILMS: ASHLEY KENNEDY
Ashley talks to us in her film about how to get help for your
mental health and shares her own experience of getting help. She
emphasises the importance of talking and points out that asking for
help is not a failure but a sign of bravery.