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.

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Orlagh and Calum's story

Orlagh was only nine when she lost her cousin Calum to suicide.

Eddie’s story

Eddie shares his experiences of OCD and how seeking support has helped him manage his symptoms.

Claire and Mitzy’s story

Claire is training her dog Mitzy to help her manage her mental health and autism, as well as her physical disabilities.

Stacey’s story

Stacey shares her experience navigating her sexuality and mental health, after a diagnosis of OCD and personality difficulties.

Brian’s story

Before being referred to SAMH, Brian was experiencing thoughts of suicide, struggling with alcohol use and rarely left the house.

Mikey’s story

Before attending SAMH’s The Changing Room at Heart of Midlothian FC, Mikey hadn't left his house in five years

Alex’s story

Local community supports alongside CAMHS changed Alex's life after struggling with his mental health

Ian’s Story

Through The Changing Room Extra Time, Ian is learning to think in a more positive way and focus on the future.

Helen’s Story

Since the onset of menopause, Helen has focused on keeping exercise fun and sociable to help maintain her wellbeing.