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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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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.

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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. 

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