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.

It can be hard to talk about, but having a mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of

Despite such a large number of people experiencing mental health problems there remains an undeniable stigma surrounding mental health, a stigma which I believe stems from a lack of understanding about the experiences of people with mental illness. It seems to be exactly this stigma which has prevented me (and undoubtedly many others) from sharing personal experiences with mental health problems; for fear of an intimate disclosure being met with judgment.

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.


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