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.

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

Facing the family: talking about mental health in my community

The Wedding PArty film for Time to ChangeShame, stigma, it’s what every person with a mental health condition has to face at some point in their journey to recovery. But arguably none more so than within the Asian community where talk of mental health is still sometimes a taboo subject.

Looking back to darkness

Julie blogs for Time to Change about motherhoodIn the run up to Mother's Day I am working with the mental health anti-stigma programme Time to Change, run by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, to raise awareness about a mental illness that affects one in 10 new mums.