My partner isn't an expert in Dissociative Identity Disorder and the mental health issues that come with it, he doesn't need to be. You don't need to be an expert in mental health to be able to support someone. (Jules)
Having someone there who knew about Dissociative Identity Disorder really helped

How can I help?

The aim of the Time to Change campaign is to encourage us all to be more about our mental health, and to start conversations with those who might need our support.

Why not find out how you could start a conversation about mental health?

You could share a blog story to raise awareness. You could sign up to receive Time to Change emails. And, you might want to add your name to our pledge wall, joining the thousands of people who are taking small steps to be more open about mental health.

Personal blogs about living with dissociative disorders

The following blog posts are written by people with personal experience of dissociative disorders. By talking openly, our bloggers hope to increase understanding around mental health, break down stereotypes and take the taboo out of something that – like physical health – affects us all.

Find out more about dissociative disorders from Mind.

What my stigmatising and supportive experiences have taught me

Memory is a fickle thing; if I need to remember to buy washing powder from Sainsburys then there is a 100% chance of me completely forgetting it. On at least three consecutive occasions. Before I give up completely and buy it online. On the other hand there's the trivial things that stay with you decades later. Here are two that have stuck with me across the years:

Why I will never stop loving and supporting my friend

My best friend and I had a running joke that we would moan about things - it started off little things but gradually I noticed the moans got more frequent and less jokey.Mu's blog At one point I read over our messages and noticed that she only said negative things. I was concerned and brought it up with her; she was not aware she was being so negative and insisted she was fine.

Mental health stigma means people often cope in silence

I have had mental health problems for a large percentage of my life, beginning when I was in my early teens.Vikki's Blog It wasn’t until recently that I was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, depression and anxiety and dissociative disorder.