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.

Support from friends and family helped most with my mental health recovery

Five years ago I experienced my first depressive episode. I felt so low inside that I could not possibly picture a happy future for myself, and so I began to self harm and have thoughts of suicide. It affected my relationships with family and friends, I didn't want to socialise with anyone.

It should be 'normal' to talk about schizophrenia

You say "schizophrenia", and people think of someone in food-stained clothes, running around wielding an axe, muttering to themselves. Say "depression", and they think of someone flung in bed with the curtains drawn, sobbing about everything.

You tell them you're a writer, let them experience your dry wit, show them photos of your dogs, talk about 80s rock music, and they think you're "normal."


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