The following blog posts are written by people with personal experience of bipolar disorder. 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.

My employment journey

James, Time to Change bloggerMental health challenges have affected my employment (and employability) ever since I was unceremoniously discharged from the army following a dramatic breakdown at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. Within hours I was hospitalised and subsequently diagnosed with schizophrenia aged just eighteen.

Stigma turned inward

Seaneen, Time to Change bloggerMark Brown recently wrote a post on the topic of stigma. Stigma surrounding mental health problems is rife in society. Challenging the stigma of mental health problems within society is one of the aims of Time to Change. However, how do we challenge the stigma of our own mental health problems in ourselves? 

Catherine Zeta-Jones - welcome to 'the club'

Andrea Woodside"Catherine Zeta-Jones has seemingly joined ‘the club’ - a club to which approximately 1% of the world’s population belongs.  As a member of this almost universally misunderstood guild, I read about Ms Zeta-Jones’ voluntary admission to a mental health facility this week for the treatment of what has been described as Bip