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Lived Experience

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The following collection of articles and opportunities relate to lived experiences of mental health problems. They were first published in the lived experience newsletter.

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Our Stories

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Jaz’s story

Author of ‘The Worst Indian Ever’, Jaz shares his experience suffering from depression, painkiller addiction and a subsequent attempt on his life. He talks about what he has learnt and what his path now looks like.

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Neelam's story

Neelam's family was torn apart by the suicide of their only son, Akash (Sky). Now, they work with minority communities to fight the taboo surrounding mental health through their charity, Sky Sharma Foundation.

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Saroj's story

Saroj lost her son through suicide and suffered abuse from her ex-partner, leading to a divorce and severe depression. She takes us on the journey of creating a new life for her and her daughter.

Current opportunities 

Would you like to be involved in shaping Mind’s communications?

 We are looking for people to be involved in shaping what we share on social media and with our funders and supporters for the following national celebrations:

  • Three people from the LGBTIQ+ community for Pride.
    Deadline 4th February 2022.
    More information here

  • Three people who have a disability or long-term health condition for Disability Pride.
    Deadline 18th February 2022
    More information here

  • Three people from South Asian communities for South Asian Heritage Month.
    Deadline 4th March 2022
    More information here

These opportunities will include:

  • Being involved in the shaping of our key messages
  • Being involved in discussing the content that we put together on our social channels
  • Working with us to decide the best channels for our content
  • Sharing your expertise from your lived experience
  • Being involved in other content we might put together, for example content in our Membership magazine, or an animation
  • Being happy to liaise with other organisations we hope to partner with
  • Working with us over a few months
  • Being happy to attend four, hour-long meetings, then have communication over email after that.

What is the lived experience newsletter?

Mind's started our lived experience newsletter in May 2021 to connect with former Time to Change Champions who had campaigned against stigma and prejudice around mental health problems.

We continue to highlight independent lived experience voices campaigning on mental health issues and publicise opportunities where people with lived experience can shape Mind's and other external partners work. 

Other ways to get involved

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