A Day in the Life

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A snapshot of the lives, and wellbeing of people who experience mental health difficulties in England

A Day in the Life was a year-long project to collect the everyday experiences of people who experience mental health difficulties in England. People who experience a mental health difficulty signed up to share with the world what their day was like on four calendar dates across the length of the project.

People didn’t have to use their real names and could be as anonymous as they wanted to be. They didn’t need to have a diagnosis or be currently receiving treatment.  872 individual days were submitted.

The everyday life of people with mental health difficulties has tended to remain hidden.  Together we can change that by sharing what makes life better and what makes life worse.  The first day in the life was Friday 7th November 2014.  The second day was February 10th 2015. The third was May 10th 2015. The final day was August 26th 2015.

In March 2016, Social Spider CIC and Centre for Mental Health published an analysis of what 782 of the days submitted told us about what affected people’s wellbeing living with mental health difficulty.

Click the categories above to see what people had to say about their days.

If you’re ready, sign up to share your days. Find out more about how the project works and what to expect by reading the how-to guide.

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Latest Days

  1. On the day

    Whoop-who! I’ve made it to the end, and posted all four times. It means a lot to me to have set a realistic goal, and…

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  2. On the day

    It’s August the 26th, where has the year gone already? I wake in a bit of a panic, it feels like my life is rushing…

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  3. On the day

    So I made a bit of a boo boo this time and waited until the last day. But I’ll do my best to remember and…

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  4. On the day

    Wednesday was a bit of a none day for me, I had to wait in for a parcel from the post man and normally they…

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  5. On the day

    Today is the first day of my life. Looking back over this last year’s entries, and thinking about this blog as a whole, I realise…

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  6. On the day

    Wednesday 26th August 2015 I woke up today around 10.20, which is pretty good for a Wednesday as I don’t work that day.  I had…

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  7. On the day

    I have woken with a headache and the feeling I need more sleep. It’s a tough time at the moment with a combination of family…

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  8. On the day

    Hey all. So, not huge amounts happened for me, but what did happen was of huge emotional significance for me. I finally got to see a doctor…

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    I’m working at home today. I do so once a week which is a reasonable adjustment to help me get away from the stress of…

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  10. On the day

    Wednesday 26th August, for me, was a mixture of great activity and unusual amounts of rest.  I went to the gym at 8:30 in the…

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