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.

Finding my voice as a Time to Change Young Champion

Three years ago, I lost my voice. I could still say what I was expected to, say what people wanted me to, say whatever I was told to, but I couldn’t seem to find my voice. I could say whatever anyone needed me to, anyone but me. My voice had been almost silenced by the people around me. I was made quieter by the people who called me selfish, the people who thought I was weak, the people who convinced me I wasn’t worth their time or energy, all because of my worsening mental health.

No one chooses mental illness, so stop judging

I’m so tired of being judged by people who know nothing about mental health. Imagine a life where people say “you’re a drama queen”, “over protective”, “crazy”, “not normal”, “unsocial”, “you hate people”, “you make life worst than it is…”. And “get over it, nothing’s wrong”, “everyone has a bad day, stop playing the victim”, “here’s a tiny violin”. “You’re horrible”. “You’re mental”.

Then think, why would you do that? What would make you choose a life where that is how you want people to see you?

Answer? You wouldn’t choose it.

Young people should feel free to open up about their mental health

I have suffered from major depressive disorder and general anxiety disorder for the last few years. I am slowly recovering. I now want to open up about my struggles, in order to show young people that it’s okay not to be okay. I think it is especially hard on young males; they have a perception that they need to be strong and brave. I think the world needs a real change. Luckily I am still here today to talk about these issues.

We are too quick to believe myths about depression

I was twelve years old and I remember the day as if it only happened yesterday. Me and my dad had just come out of The Book Shop in St John’s Precinct, Liverpool, and we decided to sit down in the canteen whilst we were waiting on my Mum and to sister to finish their shopping. He took out the book he just bought me which was Harry Potter and the order of Phoenix which I still haven’t read to this day (so for that I apologise dad!) although the message on the front page I read over and over again. 


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