As part of Time to Talk Day 2015 we asked Time to Change Facebook fans, Twitter followers, Champions and Bloggers to #Take5ToBlog. 24 of those blogs will be released over 24 hours on 5 February, in addition to 'collective quotation blogs' - Support from Friends and Support from Other Places and People, using a new Take 5 To Blog category.
This 'collective quotation' blog features quotations from people who stated that family were one of the groups included in their support network.
My name is .... and I have experienced....
Woody - I have depression, and I also have the condition Tourette's syndrome.
Karen - My name is Karen and I have experienced depression.
Bethany - My name is Beth, and I have suffered from Borderline Personality Disorder from a young age.
Alison - My name is Alison and I have experienced mental health problems since I was a teenager, so about 34 years.
Ces - I have lived with my old friend depression and anxiety for 30 years - wow, I didn't know we'd been together this long.
My mental illness has affected my ......
Sarah - My mental illness has affected every single aspect of my life: I'm not the person I should be because of Borderline Personality Disorder, but I can't be that person because my Borderline Personality Disorder won't let me know myself.
Natasha - My mental illness has affected my self confidence my relationships, sometimes I don't want to leave the house.
Kaitlin - My mental illness has limited my ability to maintain friendships, jobs and social activities.
My greatest source of support has been...
Georgia-Louise - My greatest sources of support are my loved ones, and the really supportive crisis team when I'm really struggling.
Ruan - My greatest source of support has been my husband, who in some ways has become my carer - he gently encourages me to leave the house and supports me in feeling confident enough to meet friends, even those that I have known for years.
Melle - My greatest source of support has been my children whom I love to pieces - if it wasn't for them, I wouldn't even get out of bed or go to work.
Bekki - My greatest support has been my family.
Rebecca - My greatest sources of support are my nan, boyfriend, best friend (who also experiences depression) and my beautiful cat Bella.
Dorrie - My greatest source of support has been my partner Barrie, along with my friends and family and more importantly, my cats!
My hope for the future is that...
Lisa - My hope for the future is that mental illness is talked about openly and honestly and no one feels scared to seek help or feels less of a human being because of mental illness and it becomes less of invisible illness and everyone gets the help and support they need.
Katie - My hope for the future is that people will come to understand that obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is not 'cool' or 'quirky' - it's not a joke which it is often portrayed to be.
I’m taking 5 on Time to Talk Day because....
Hayley - I'm taking 5 on Time to Talk Day because I want to help people, I want to share my story, I want to rid the world of this stigma...
Carol - I'm taking 5 on Time to Talk Day, because I believe there are many more parents like me, and many more children like mine who are faced with shame and stigma because of mental illness, and I want to show them that there is a 'light at the end of the tunnel.'
Sarah - I'm taking 5 on Time to Talk Day because we all need help at some point in our lives, some physically and some mentally, so take 5 and stop, listen and learn.
Emma - I'm taking 5 on Time to Talk Day to attempt to help the stigma of mental illness come to an end.
Alex - I'm taking 5 on Time to Talk Day because others need to know that they shouldn't be ashamed of having a mental illness.
Jasmine - I'm taking 5 on Time to Talk Day to raise awareness and reduce the stigma that is wrongly attached to mental health.
This blog is part of the Time to Talk Day 2015 #Take5ToBlog initiative.