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

Overcoming the shame

Photo of Amanda | Time to Change blogger"I’m alone", "It would be better if I was dead then I won’t be a burden”, “People won’t believe me if I say I’m depressed, that my smile is fake”. To a depression sufferer like Frankie Sanford these comments are on a constant torturous loop.

"You alright man?"

Photo of Ben, a Time to Change bloggerIt was a question that normally we all take for granted, that demanded a positive, unhesitant answer and one usually replied in the affirmative.

But after hesitating with a pause that was so long and wide you could have driven a 192 bus in it, I eventually answered Jeff with a mumbled, "yes, I think..."

My experience of mental health as a nurse and patient

Paula, Time to Change bloggerI worked as a Nursing Assistant in Acute Mental Health, Elderly Mental Health and forensic Mental Health since 1989 to 2007. Within this time I was seconded to university to study to become a Registered Mental Health Nurse. This is where my eyes began to open regarding