Welcome. Healthtalkonline, an award-winning charity website, lets you share in other people's experiences of health and illness. This information is based on qualitative research into patient experiences led by experts at the University of Oxford.
Mental health problems are very common. We have interviewed a wide range of people with personal experience of mental health conditions, so that you can share in their stories. All of the topics covered in this section are listed below and in the menu on the left.
Depression is a common condition with a range of different symptoms and types. We interviewed 38 people about their experiences of this condition.
Experiences of depression and recovery in Australia
This site presents a comprehensive, web-based repository of stories of 39 people living with depression across metropolitan and rural Australia. It is hoped that through sharing individual experiences and understandings of depression and recovery that people who visit this site will gain a sense of the multifaceted nature of the depression experience.
Experiences of psychosis
This module is about people’s experiences of psychosis. Many of the people we interviewed had, at some point in their lives, received a diagnosis of schizophrenia. However there were a number of people we spoke to who had never received this diagnosis but who had experienced psychosis i.e. hearing or seeing things or holding unusual beliefs which other people don’t see or share. We interviewed 34 people (31 people with direct experience and three carers) about their experiences.
Mental health: ethnic minority carers’ experiences
We interviewed 32 carers from different minority ethnic communities about their experiences of caring for someone in their family with a mental health problem. Six of these carers didn’t want to have their story on the internet.
Interviews in other languages: Bengali (Interview 7); Chinese (Interview 28, 29, 31); Gujurati (Interview 26, 27); Punjabi (Interview 23). See ‘People's stories’ section for these numbered interviews.
Mental health: ethnic minority experiences
We interviewed 30 people from different Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) backgrounds about their experiences of having mental health problems.
Interviews in other languages: Bengali (Interview 7); Cantonese (Interview 28, 29, 31); Punjabi (Interview 19). See ‘People's stories’ section for these numbered interviews.