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.

Experiencing anxiety and panic attacks: I have decided, rightly or wrongly, to stop pretending anymore

I have always suffered with “nerves” as they used to call it in a less enlightened times.  The mere thought of going to school would see me dissolve into a flood of tears. Supposedly enjoyable events and situations, like playing football and cricket which are hard wired into the young male brain, would be akin to trial by ordeal.

Where does the stigma start? One father's journey with his son

I'm Rog, the father of Paul. AC Milan Stefano Brivio Flickr Paul is an ordinary type of guy; he's maybe a little quiet, but he has a job, a car and, during the period I am going to be talking about, everything seemed wonderful. I wasn't giving things a second thought – I had my own job and my own worries.

I want to help change the perception of men who experience eating disorders, depression and other mental health conditions

I am a husband, a Daddy to my three beautiful young children, a Mental Health Nurse,   with a good circle of friends, and a person who is confident in who they are and confident about what they want out of life.

The curse of being happy: talking about depression


Hey, how’s it going today?” said the young guy at the counter in Prêt a Manger, with wide eyes and a beaming smile. 

“I’m OK, thanks,” I said, smiling back. “A bit tired, but OK.” 

“OK? I was hoping you were awesome,” he said, reminding me when he handed over my sandwich that tomorrow could be another awesome day.


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