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.


"Twitter has helped me #befrank"

April 21, 2011

Macdog73 is a supporter of Time to Change who has recently been part of the #befrank movement on Twitter, which, prompted by the Time to Change campaign, has seen hundreds of people open up about their mental health problems.  She talks about how Twitter can be a helpful place to share experiences and find support.

Helen's story

December 23, 2009

Local event organiser Helen Roberts explains why she wanted to take action, and how running a Get Moving event at her workplace encouraged others to open up.

Ulrika Jonsson's story

July 31, 2009

Ulrika Jonsson has experienced depression and panic attacks on a few occasions in her life.

“Despite having bright, wonderful children and a house I can call my own, I found myself in some real low points. I didn't want to wake up in the mornings, I found it so hard to cope."

Instead of taking antidepressants she chose to deal with the depression herself.

Time Out

May 8, 2009

A little time has passed since I last entered my local pool. What's the matter? The weather is favourable. I am physically in fine form. However, for some reason I feel un-enticed by the thought of stripping off, showering and entering the pool.

Just for today, I have decided to mention my inertia. It happens. I am taking time out, one day at a time and look forward to resuming my regular swims.

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