Minds Anonymous is a newly launched initiative dedicated to increasing understanding and ending the stigma surrounding mental health and has received backing from experts and leading organisations.
It is the brainchild of 31 year old Louisa “Wizzi” Magnussen, who has herself sucessfully battled bipolar and other mental health conditions. The website allows people, for the first time, to share their mental health stories anonymously and read the stories of others. By giving people a voice, it aims to prove that managing mental health is part of being human and end the shame surrounding mental health conditions.
Wizzi, now happy and well, explained how she came up with the idea; “I was interviewed for an article on bipolar and found the process of telling my story incredibly therapeutic. However, I was terrified by the prospect of publishing it under my name as there is still so much stigma surorunding mental health. I worried that I’d never be hired again. I was put on furlough and the name Minds Anonymous came to me. 24 hours later I launched the website to give others a chance to go through the process of telling their stories. By keeping it anonymous, each writer’s identity is protected so it’s a judgement free space where people can be honest without feeling ashamed.”
Minds Anonymous has already had over 3500 views from 1200 unique visitors in over 40 countries and numerous stories uploaded, from tales of depression to abuse and psychosis. The stories themselves are compelling and give a first hand insight into conditions that are widely misunderstood.
Why we're raising money
Mind Anonymous already has a diverse library of stories but is encouraging more contributions thanks to the generosity of MyCognition, an NHS approved app designed to manage mental health. They are sponsoring Minds Anonymous by providing free access to the MyCognitionPRO app for writers.
Wizzi says; “The stories coming in are incredibly powerful. We’ve heard from sufferers of bipolar, schizophrenia, depression, psychosis and more as well as stories that tackle difficult topics such as suicide, grief, redundancy and being from the LGBTQI+ community. Every story I read helps me understand others a little better and by understanding others we are in a better place to support each another. Writers have fedback that when they write their stories, they feel like they have downloaded some of their anguish and are better able to process their experiences. We also have supporting articles from professionals on the site.”
Minds Anonymous is hoping that those who struggle with their mental health, the people who support them, professionals and policy makers will all use the site to improve their understanding of this topic. Minds Anonymous would also like to see fiction writers use the website as a research resource to help end the damaging misrepresentation of mental illness in drama.
Minds Anonymous enjoys a growing list of enthusiastic supporters from professionals working in mental health who can see the huge impact that it will have on individuals and on society. However support has been in-kind, the initiative is entirely self-funded with growing operational costs which Wizzi is meeting out of her very limited personal resources.
For the site to continue to help people, and to expand the number of people reached, Minds Anonymous needs funding. If you feel you would like to make a one-off donation or even set up a regular monthly contribution, then it would be gratefully received. Every penny will go directly to the “front line”.
By way of a “thank you” for your support, the first 50 individuals who kindly donate £20 or more, will receive a bar of “Minds Anonymous” branded chocolate made by our sponsor at Alexander Chocolate. Sadly, Alex has made the difficult decision to close his business due to COVID so these are very much limited edition.
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