The following blog posts are written by people with personal experience of eating disorders. 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.

Talking about mental health: I didn't want people to become concerned about me

GemmaI've never really blogged about my mental health problems. In fact, I've only ever really been open and honest about my struggles to a very select few people in my life.

Growing up, I had to be careful who I would open up to about any thoughts or feelings I had as they weren't viewed as normal and usually led people to become concerned about me. And so they should have been really.

My experience of talking about mental health in a Muslim community

I have always struggled to talk to my family about my mental health problems openly because I was scared I would not get the support that I need but obviously when you live in the same house, you cannot hide it from them. I live with an eating disorder, social anxiety disorder and depression, which my family find hard to take in. This has left me feeling like I am fighting this by myself and unfortunately, because I have very little support from loved ones, I am not getting any better.