A Day in the Life

#adayinthelifemh

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

    I wake up feeling groggy, with the uncomfortable sensation of never having had enough sleep and yet not being able to sleep properly to make…

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    It’s 1.41am.  I’m curled on my side using a precariously perched laptop as a distraction from the humming anxiety of a late night and a messy…

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    A much appreciated lie in today as the monthly volunteers meeting wasn’t until 10:30, of course it started raining as soon as I left, it’s…

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  4. On the day

    Today started with hitting the alarm lots of times; then dragging myself out of bed. I went home to my parents at the weekend, and…

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  5. On the day

    Since my last entry for A Day in the Life back in May, a lot has changed for me. In June I managed to get…

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    I woke up, as normal at 6:45am, so I could begin my normal morning routine before heading to work. I attempted to get out of…

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    Hi this day on the 26th August 2015 hasn’t been a good day to start with. It started off with a lot of anxiety and…

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  8. On the day

    Stress levels are high and I try to stay normal. I’m not sure how long I can keep it up. Getting out of bed is…

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  9. On the day

    “Peppa pig, Peppa pig! Mummy I want Peppa pig!” 6.05am and this is my wake up call. My beautiful 2 year old little boy. Everyday…

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  10. On the day

    In a brief moment of altruism I had offered to help my sister move house, which meant having to wake up early to lift heavy…

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