Depression: personal blogs and stories

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.

I'm a professional man with depression but my colleagues are in my corner

I have been a working professional for over 30 years. During this time I have been able to make a decent living, meet great people and have a good standard of life.

As a young man I took everything in my stride – the learning, the travelling, the growing demands on time, the exams, the late hours, lack of work/life balance, the pain of failing and the excitement of succeeding and making a difference.

The dedication of my mates got me through depression

Over the last 4 years I have had two episodes of clinical depression. In August last year I was admitted for 4 weeks to an inpatient unit due to the seriousness of my symptoms. The reason I want to share this is that it’s so important that we feel able to talk to our managers and colleges about our mental well being without fear of being viewed as somehow “not able to cope” or in some way incapable.


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