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 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.

A moment of kindness

Time to Change blogger Katie ElliottAlmost exactly a year ago, an extraordinary thing happened to me.

Richard Hilson’s wind of change

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

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.