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.


Having anxiety & depression doesn't make me less of a man

As a man, admitting to having a mental illness is still seen as a 'weakness'. The stigma still remains. This week, a post I made on Twitter regarding anxiety (#anxietyepidemic), received a lot of feedback, including from men who engaged in the conversation. This has encouraged me to write further about my own experiences, and hopefully help men to talk.

Being able to talk openly about mental health is a blessing

The guy in the photo, yes, the one who’s smiling back at you looking like he has no cares in the world, that’s me. I was inspired to share this picture after reading an excellent blog which deeply connected with me, written by Lily and entitled ‘Losing friends due to a mental illness just doesn't seem fair to me’, where she highlights just how looks can be deceiving.

One conversation can save a life

I kept my mental health issues secret from everyone I knew for ten months. It was a mental problem, but I could feel the weight of that problem physically weighing me down every single day.

Contemplating suicide, alone, as a 20-year old who was meant to be out enjoying the “best years of his life”, was an incredibly difficult thing to have to wake up to and think about everyday.

One conversation about mental health had a big impact on me

Head Girl. High achiever. Destined for Oxford.

These were all labels that were attached to my student identity by my (highly academic, all-girls) school in the autumn of 2015.

What the school didn't know? That I was experiencing extreme depression and anxiety.

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