For World Mental Health Day, the Foundation asked our staff why they think it is important to talk more about mental health. Join in the conversation and tell us what you think using the hashtag #NUFHealth on social media.
“My friend struggled with anxiety and panic attacks to the point they couldn’t leave the house. Since they started talking about their anxiety, they have found that not only people are very understanding, but also that other people they know have been going through similar experiences” Paul, 45
“I was attacked in the city centre when I was 18 and needed surgery to my face afterwards. It left me anxious and scared of being in big groups. Talking to the guys I played football with helped me to overcome issues these issues that I’d tried to bury and gave me my confidence back.” Jonny, 29
“I have lost family members because they felt it wasn’t acceptable to “talk openly” about mental health. By speaking out about mental health it allows people to know and to support you wherever you go” Codie, 19
“I struggled with anxiety in the past. I know for certain when I look back, that telling someone, despite it being extremely difficult, was without a doubt the start of my recovery back to being me.” Andrew, 31