About Real Stories

When you’re struggling with your feelings it can sometimes seem like you’re the only one who feels the way you do. But you’re not alone. Lots of other people deal with similar problems all the time – you just might not know it.

Real Stories are created by MindMate, to share stories from young people in Leeds who have had problems with their mental health. We’ll be adding more stories over the next few months so please check back again soon.

For more information about the issues raised, look out for the pop-ups throughout the films or see our ‘Common issues’ section on the MindMate website.

Send your story

Would you like to feature on MindMate’s ‘Real Stories’?

Have you experienced panic attacks in the past and would be comfortable talking about it on film?

If so, we’d love to hear from you!

Please contact us if you’re interested.*

Contact us

*Unfortunately, we can't promise to include everyone who comes forward, but we will reply to every email we receive as soon as we can.

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Exam time
We have to study different subjects and we have to make time for ourselves also...
Preparing for exams
Inspired to do better
Some people might think it's too much for them like they can't handle it
It's hard to balance school life and personal life
Sometimes it gets overwhelming
Getting the support you need
I didn't tell anyone about it because I didn't think that anyone would understand
Talking about how you feel
Don't bottle up your thoughts don't keep your thoughts inside
Coping with exam stress
Keeping yourself positive
I'm revising and I want that time for myself
Enjoy yourself as well
If you have a pet that really helps
Go outiside or go for a run
How exercise can help with exams
What helps me is music
I'm so excited to get it over and done with and for going to college
Advice if you're going to college or university
All their hard work paid off

A final note from Exam time

Find a way to stay focussed on your goals, but enjoy yourself as well.
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If you need help with your feelings, there are lots of options available to you. This might be through your school or college or with the brilliant local services available in Leeds. Most of them are free, although some of them have a waiting list. You just need to find the right service for you.

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Exams are something that most of us can’t avoid in our lives. They’re designed to test us, literally, so naturally they can feel like a lot of pressure. And stress, worry and nerves can go hand in hand with that pressure. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are some ways to prepare well for exams – while staying healthy.

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It isn’t always easy to talk about how you feel so MindMate has some tips to help you start that first conversation.

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Although it is completely normal for moods and feelings to change, sometimes you might decide that you need some help managing what’s going on in your head. From feelings about food, to hurting yourself, there is help and advice available.

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