Personal stories about mental health

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I am delighted to have the opportunity to write this blog post for Time to Change. Sadly, I am qualified by experience in relation to mental health issues having lost my brother to suicide and having suffered from varying levels of depression and anxiety intermittently throughout my adult life. Until I lost my brother,...

During the teenage years of my life my limited understanding of mental illness was always expressed as ‘They’re mad!’ – that was it! In its entirety! Anything else known as a mental illness was, to me, just some person faking sick to get a day or week off work. ‘Mad woman’ is what I said to my primary school friends as we...

People like me don't get depressed; depression doesn't affect people like me. I'm always smiling, happy, always the first to make a joke out of a bad situation, if you hand me lemons I'm the first to grab a large glass and make a gin and tonic. I’m naturally an optimist. The first time I opened up to a friend about how I...

 The confident and vibrant girl that I once was became no more. I fell into the trap of depression that seemed to have hit me overnight. I would usually be the one that always hid in the bathroom crying my eyes out and then wipe my own tears away only to walk out those doors like I have it all together. The young fifteen...

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