The words ‘mental illness’ will probably conjure a picture in most people’s minds. But the reality is often very different to what we imagine.
Over the last few weeks I have met lots of people with mental health issues, ranging from bipolar disorder and schizophrenia to post natal depression.
None of them fits the stereotypical ‘mental’ stereotype, but each of them has talked to me about the stigma they have experiences, and how they’ve struggled to get the support they need.
That’s why they’ve all agreed to be interviewed for Wales Tonight, to try to break down the barriers associated with mental ill health.
This Sunday is World Mental Health Day, so for the next three nights I will be doing a series of special reports looking at the issues effecting people with mental health, starting with the search for support.
If you’ve been affected by mental illness or know someone who has these links may be useful: