Depression: personal blogs and stories

The following blog posts are written by people with personal experience of depression. By talking openly, our bloggers hope to increase understanding around mental health, break stereotypes and take the taboo out of something that – like physical health – affects us all.


When people judge me it can make my depression worse

I’ve had very clear signs of depression since my early teens but it took me until the age of 30 to pluck up the courage to seek help from my GP.  Despite having a good relationship with my family and friends, it’s never an easy subject to broach, regardless of how close we are. I still don’t especially enjoy talking about it with anyone in person, which is part of the reason why blogs are great!

You need to stop joking about mental illness

A lot of people see mental health stigma as attacks on people with mental health problems, as people who sneer and judge us, or try and deny that mental health is a real issue – that it's all made up. However, over the years I've noticed it can be in the little things too, someone chiding us for being lazy or withdrawn, despite the fact they know we have depression and/or anxiety.

My parents should know, depression is a real illness

I am a wild, free spirit. I move countries more than I change my socks, and I chase the sun, the snowfall, and amazing opportunities. Yet for years now, people have been telling me, ‘Charmaine, you are just running away’. Firstly – travelling and my way of life is not ‘running away’, in fact, travelling helps me feel whole. People can be selfish; they can tell you that you are ‘running’ because they actually want you physically in their lives, next to them.

Lucy Spraggan talks about her experiences with mental illness

Lucy Spraggan's latest song, "Dear You",  is a moving look at the issues of mental health problems and suicide that affect so many of us. Lucy spoke with Time to Change about her own experiences with mental illness, and the vital support she found in friends and family. 

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