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.

A moment of kindness

December 23, 2011

Time to Change blogger Katie ElliottAlmost exactly a year ago, an extraordinary thing happened to me.

Richard Hilson’s wind of change

December 16, 2011

Richard Hilson wearing captain's hat

Facing his fear of the open ocean to raise awareness of the Time to Change campaign.

A wind of change has breezed into my life – or should I say a hurricane. I've decided to take a short career break to take on a rather epic challenge.

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.