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 depression as something to be overcome

I had my first serious bout of depression when I was eighteen. I’d been trying to get my A-Levels, after some missteps made me realise that yes, I actually am quite academic and not an artist, but I had to leave the course. I eventually overcame this depression with pills and time; I got some A Levels and I finally got in to university, five years behind most of the other people there.

We need more mental health awareness and education to change attitudes

Hello lovelies. My name is Katie Ellen and I have struggled with anxiety and depression for as long as I can remember. However, I wasn't professionally diagnosed until my late teens and this is mainly because I was scared. Scared to open up, scared of the truth and most of all scared of the stigma that comes with being ‘mentally ill’.


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