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.

Two poems about my experience of mental health

December 2, 2011

Mental illness has affected me terribly for most of my life, and it is only recently over the last few years that I have really been able to begin to reclaim my life and start truly living again.

Over the years I have been through numerous counselling sessions, tried different medications and attempted countless self help techniques to try and overcome my struggles with the several different mental illnesses I have been affected by, including Depression, General Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Social Phobia and Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD).

The Dog Days Are Over

November 14, 2011

Michael, Time to Change bloggerIn the space of a week in February 2007 my life changed forever. I was halfway through my second year of university when I started having panic attacks out of nowhere. I couldn't concentrate on anything, or go to my lectures or seminars. Eventually I had to go back home to my parents' house in London, where I have been ever since.

A story of hope

October 19, 2011

Amy - Time to Change bloggerHello.

My name is Amy. I'm 22 years old. I have red hair. I have a great Family. I love films. I love cake and I have a mental illness.

When the stigma is harder than the illness itself...

October 10, 2011

Time to Change blogger LauraThe Time to change campaign is so so important as many people suffering from mental health problems feel the stigma and discrimination attached to having a mental illness is harder to cope with than the illness itself.