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Could you share a quote about your experience?

We want everyone who reads our printed booklets and our online information pages to feel that there are other people who can understand and empathise with their experiences.

One way we try to do this is by including quotes from real people, in your own words. Quotes can also, sometimes, express emotions and experiences that pure information can’t. You might have seen quotes includes in our publications before. They look like this:

"Just knowing that at least one other person out there has felt like this too helps me feel less alone."

We are really keen to hear from people with diverse backgrounds, including BAME, LGBT, disability or faith, in particular around how your lived experience interacts with your diverse background.

If you would like to share a brief personal quote or two describing your own experiences, we might be able to include it in our future publications.

What do I need to know?

  • All quotes we publish are always anonymous.
  • Please try to keep your quotes short - fewer than 50 words if possible.
  • Please say 'I' rather than a generalised 'you', as it's great if we can hear what your personal feelings and experiences have been rather than a general statement.
  • We will sometimes need to edit your quotes for spelling and grammar, or cut them down slightly to make them shorter. Apart from this, we won’t make any changes to your words.
  • We might not be able to publish all the quotes we receive, and we sometimes get a lot of quotes so will not be able to respond to you personally to let you know if we are able to use it, but we do read and learn from them all - so even if we don't publish your quote, it will still help us to develop our information.
  • We might sometimes use your quotes to promote our information on social media. If you don't want us to use your quotes like this, you can let us know in the form below.

Please consider your wellbeing

You might find that reading or writing about your own experiences can be triggering - especially if you're feeling unwell.

If you choose to share a quote, please think carefully beforehand about how you'll look after your own wellbeing, and make sure you have appropriate support in place. You might find it helpful to look at our information on staying mentally well.

How do I submit a quote?

We are not currently gathering new quotes but do check in here from time to time.

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