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.

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.

An experience of bipolar – all or nothing

December 7, 2011

I’m going to write a  series of blogs focusing on the  "taboo" behaviours associated with differing mental health disorders. No matter whether the behavior is public or private it helps to talk. My main aim is to get things out in the open so people do not have to feel alone and experience guilt, shame and self-loathing during or after an episode of being unwell. Make no mistake these behaviours, if left in denial, can destroy lives.

Why a ‘nutty’ pop star is my idea of a real man

November 15, 2011

Time to Change blogger Paul BrooksWhen I was a young boy, pop star Adam Ant was one of my heroes. My dad delights in recalling how I used to jump off our sofa, emulating the highwayman’s leap onto a horse in the video for Stand and Deliver, which I loved watching on Top of the Pops.