Mental health affects us all and it is very common to experience mental health issues at some point in our lives: In Switzerland, around 5% of the population considers themselves under severe psychological stress and roughly 30% suffers from depression at least once in their lifetime. But although mental health issues are so common, there is still a lot of stigma and taboo around them and talking about experiences of mental illness can be rather difficult.
On this website, you can watch, listen and read from people who talk about their personal experiences with mental health and illness. Most have experienced mental health issues themselves, but some are involved in different ways e.g. as family or friends. They share their experiences with symptoms, with the care system, they talk about their everyday life with the illness, about what they have found to be helpful and about their experiences with talking about their mental health. To be true to the vast range of experiences, the experiences that are shared here stem from people of different age groups, gender, and background. Most of them have either suffered from depression or from psychosis.
We hope that this website can serve many people as a resource for experience-based information and that it encourages open and empathetic conversations on mental health.
If you want to share your experiences here, you are very welcome to contact us! We are also looking forward to hearing your feedback and ideas on this website.