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.


Depression: An email is the smallest thing that has made a big difference

amandaFor me, if there were just one person I could confide in there would be one less burden on my shoulders. All it takes is one friend to change someone’s life, change their perspective of people. Friends and family can be supportive at really low periods of mental illnesses. There is no need to suffer in silence.

Depression: An autumn walk gave me the boost I needed


Paul BClear, bright, calm – that’s the river and the weather in this photo, and the opposite of how I’d been feeling in the days before I took it.

It was October 2011 and I was off work with depression. A stressful couple of months had slowly, sneakily reversed the progress I’d made since having counselling for my first bout of the illness. One night it came back with a vengeance.

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