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.


Opening up

Photo of Catherine by Imelda Michalczyk at http://www.rebeladelica.comIn February 2009, I was sectioned, tranquilised and detained in a secure psychiatric hospital. Fortunately, my stay was short; after seven days, I was given a week’s leave at home, following which I was discharged.

When the stigma is harder than the illness itself...

Time to Change blogger LauraThe Time to change campaign is so so important as many people suffering from mental health problems feel the stigma and discrimination attached to having a mental illness is harder to cope with than the illness itself.

Keeping it in the family

Time to Change bloger NinaThe first form of mental health related stigma I experienced was from my own parents.  

When I was first diagnosed with depression, my parents encouraged me to keep it a secret and made it clear they did not want other friends or family members to find out. This made me feel alone and ashamed of how I felt. 

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