Life's tough man, and everyone has their own perspective on mental ill-health and the challenges they've overcome. To demonstrate that, we've got an ever-growing collection of incredible stories from men and women from around the world.

They all offer some amazingly honest insights from people, just like you and me. They're equal parts thought-provoking, inspiring, life-affirming, honest and sometimes heart-breaking, but all very real accounts of how mental illness can affect everyone.

If you'd like to add your story, it's entirely up to you how much you share. You can be completely anonymous, or as open as you wish. We'll happily include links to your own blog, website, YouTube channel, Twitter feed, etc. or we're equally happy to keep your identity completely hidden by using a pseudonym. It's your choice and we will always respect your wishes.

If writing prose isn't your 'thang', then it doesn't have to be a 'written blog', it can be a piece of poetry, a song you've recorded, a video (vlog) or a drawing, anything that illustrates how living with mental illness feels for you.

The latest stories are always at the top, but you can search by specific author using the drop down box below (listed alphabetically by surname).

Please note that some of the authors have wanted to remain anonymous, so they are collated accordingly.

Alternatively you can search all the stories for any topics that interest you by using the form below. Just want stories relating to depression, for example? Just type it!

You can get to older blogs in our archive by clicking the button at the very bottom of this page.  Remember, if you want to share your own story, just email us at info@mentellhealth.org or use our Submit Your Story page and we'll be in touch!

PLEASE NOTE:  All comments are moderated before publication.