February 10, 2015

My name is Rachel and I have experienced depression. 

My mental illness came on suddenly and left me bed-bound, unable to function as a wife, mother, employee or friend.

My greatest source of support has been my loving family, and the healing power of consolatory poems and prose.

My hope for the future is that we will all learn to treat ourselves with kindness and compassion, tending to our mental health with constant vigilance rather than waiting until the problems can no longer be ignored.

I took 5 on Time to Talk day because we all need to speak out against the stigmatisation of mental illness.

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

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