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.


The fear of stigma

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I have depression, and sometimes one of the hardest things is the thought that there isn’t somewhere or someone I feel truly safe to talk through my experiences with.

Seeing the world differently: my experiences helped me become more caring

My name is Sitara. I am 22 and live in the south west of England with some other girls. I love to drink tea, sing, and am currently training to be a teacher. I also have a mental illness. I suffer from anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. It’s something that I have found really hard: each day is different and each day is a challenge 

My story in Woman magazine: Speaking out about mental health

Time to Change blogger Claire SmithI have a habit of volunteering myself for things, trying something new and taking on a challenge, so when Time to Change asked for people to speak about their experiences in the press, I put myself forward without giving it much thought.

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