SAMH Stories

We all have mental health

Anyone can experience a mental health problem. Sharing stories can offer hope and inspiration. Read from the people we support, our staff and the people who fundraise or campaign for SAMH. Note that these are the stories of individuals which have been written in their own words; and views do not represent those of SAMH.

Find out more about sharing your story or becoming a SAMH media volunteer.

Diane's story

The support Diane received from her husband and family helped her through a significant period of depression.

Rachelle's story

Speaking out about her mental health has allowed Rachelle to access professional support, and given her the confidence to talk about it others.

Eilis's story

Eilis has had ups and downs managing her anxiety but the support she received meant so much to her that she wants to work in mental health to help others.

Ryan's story

Despite several suicide attempts, Sue had to try time and time again to get her son Ryan the support he needed from mental health services.

Siobhan and Olivia's story

For a long time, Olivia*, aged 19, has felt different from everyone else. But it took years of pain for her to find out why, and to get her life on track.

Miss Turnbull

Miss Turnbull and pupils from her school decided to take on the SAMH Stomp to get active and raise awareness of mental health.

Allana's story

After a challenging year for all of us, Allana decided to take part in the Virtual SAMH Stomp to do something for others.

Harry's Story

Harry, is one many children who have been left behind. His story is one that we want to see an end to; he was rejected from support, leaving his mum feeling defeated.

Calum's Story

After being out of education for so long, Calum was terrified to go to college - then he met Laura.