The following blog posts are written by people with personal experience of anxiety. By talking openly, our bloggers hope to increase understanding around mental health, break stereotypes and take the taboo out of something that – like physical health – affects us all.

Life with anxiety is hard when people don't understand

GabriellaNovember 11, 2017

When you feel a cold coming, what do you do? Wrap up warm, drink lots of fluids, maybe a hot water and lemon. Get plenty of rest, eat good food.

Are you 100% prepared for the fact that the cold is coming? Yes. Do you already have ideas for things that may help get you through that cold? Yes. Does it still make you feel drowsy and snotty and not in best health? Yes.

Anxiety is more common than ever in young people

MaryNovember 10, 2017

‘You’re not really ill though are you?’

This was what my colleague said to me, while I was explaining why I had to go home early from work that day. I had just finished crying and felt tired, overwhelmed and exhausted. I felt short of breath and panicky; what I imagine a mild heart attack might feel like. Guess I wasn’t explaining this clearly enough to him.

My mum's there for every anxious phone call

HayleyNovember 2, 2017

"Which side of the road do we drive on in this country?" 

"Are you this sarcastic with all your students?" I asked my dear mother.

"Normally I just say 'Bonjour!'"

I do like to use that one on my driver friends. I also enjoy "If it was a boat, I would've fallen in", when someone parks too far from the kerb. (When I reminded my mum of these wisecracks recently, she responded "I'm hilarious! [cry laugh face emoji]".)

My parents told me prayer would fix my mental health, but now I talk about my feelings

September 30, 2017

I grew up in a family where we didn't talk about mental health so all the issues I was dealing with were swept under the rug. I was always told to pray about it because prayer solved everything and I knew/felt that wasn't true. I wanted to talk about it and find out why I felt the way I did or why I hurt myself, physically and mentally, the way I did, but no one in my family wanted to help me with that.