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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Comments

OCD

I need help I am suffering with the worst OCD. I have to deal with the irrational repititive thoughts.whatevet I eat in whole day I have to note it down somewhere and if I don't write down then these thoughts make me mad. I hate my life.sometimes I want to do suicide but then I think about my family and stop. I badly need help to deal with these thoughts.

Support

Hi Sheena, I'm really sorry to hear that you are having a tough time. Please don't feel like you are alone - there are people out there that can help you. Samaritans are now free to call on 116 123. As an anti-stigma campaign we aren't able to offer advice on support directly, but you may find these links useful: http://bit.ly/1Lh54ZT Best, Crystal at Time to Change

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