February 5, 2015

My name is Clare and I have experienced depression and anxiety both in the past and recently - I have previously self harmed and developed OCD behaviours. Clare's blog

My mental illness and affected my relationships because I have tried to hide the 'real' me, putting on a brave face which is exhausting. 

My greatest source of support has been my partner who loves me for the person I am. 

My hope for the future is that I will have greater strength to manage the down times and realise that it doesn't make me less of a person. 

I'm taking 5 on Time to Talk Day because no one should be ashamed and to let others know there is information and help out there-whether it be professional support or just a kind word from a friend, we can all make a difference.

This blog is part of the Time to Talk Day 2015 #Take5ToBlog initiative. 

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