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.

Talking about my mental health helped me feel less broken

I used to feel like I was branded - like people could see my mental illness stamped on my face clear as day. So I used to hide - hide behind the jokes, behind the excuses and in the dark of long nights.

Things were hard, and they kinda still are, but nowhere as bad as they used to be and that's down to one thing. I started to talk. You see, perspective changes everything. You talk to someone and ask them to look closer and soon they realise that it's not actually a brand on your face but rather a scar, you've seen battle. These battles come in many forms.

Recovery is hard, but now I'm able to talk about my mental health

People have asked me before, what is it like to live with a mental illness? I’ve been thinking about this question a lot recently.

Until a few months ago, I would have given the answer that I thought they wanted to hear, or I would have shrugged my shoulders and not really known what to say. I didn’t really know what it was like to live with a mental illness, because my mental illness was my life; it was all I really knew, and I couldn’t imagine life without it.

I was first diagnosed with an eating disorder at sixteen

Things are getting better after I started the conversation about mental health

I suffer from depression.  I have done since childhood but due to the stigma associated with it, together with my own stubborn 'there is nothing wrong with me' attitude, I couldn't or wouldn't admit it.  But then, something happened.


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