Mike’s #IAMWHOLE story

Mental health stigma is rife- I should know, I’ve spent a year working on a mental health campaign, but never spoke out myself A year ago today, YMCA and the NHS launched the #IAMWHOLE campaign, to tackle mental health stigma by challenging harmful language and encourage young people to speak out and seek help. You’d…

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Sophia’s Story

Sophia’s mental health difficulties started when she was at primary school. When she lost her mum to cancer aged 13 and became a sole carer for her grandmother, things took a turn for the worse. As part of the #IAMWHOLE campaign, Sophia shares her experiences with mental health in her own words, to encourage other young people to speak out and seek help.

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Gabe’s Story

Gabe first started to experience signs of psychosis when he was five years old. Dealing with hallucinations, he didn’t tell anyone about his difficulties until things reached breaking point when he was a teenager. In support of #IAMWHOLE Gabe shares his experiences with mental health difficulties and how he now uses his experience to help others.

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Natalie’s Story

Natalie always felt different from a young age, but never knew what made her different. Being diagnosed with Asperger’s, she struggled with anxiety and panic attacks. Now, 21, Natalie volunteers with the Chatterboxes, a YMCA youth action project run by disabled young people in Bournemouth, to help raise awareness of disabilities. She shares her experiences with mental health difficulties in support of the #IAMWHOLE campaign, to help tackle stereotypes of mental health.  

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Florence’s Story

Florence’s eating disorder started out slow, just limiting her food intake a little here and there. But as soon as she started controlling her eating, it became a slippery slope quickly developing into a serious eating disorder. As part of #IAMWHOLE, Florence shares her experience to raise awareness of mental health stigma, in her own words.

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Mel’s story

When Mel first arrived at YMCA, she was vulnerable and afraid and had run out of options. After her parents split up when she was 12, Mel found herself relying on the wrong crowd for support, taking recreational drugs, drinking and missing school. By 16, the relationship with her parents had completely broken down and…

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