Even if they had not heard of PTSD it would be nice just to feel like I do not need to prepare myself a defence against presumptions or prejudice. I am still the person I was a minute ago before I told you. (Nervous Comics)
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: illustrating my experience

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 post traumatic stress disorder

The following blog posts are written by people with personal experience of post traumatic stress disorder. 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 post traumatic stress disorder from Mind and the NHS.

Why I am sharing my PTSD story

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It’s funny, I love writing – I also love talking, but when it comes to talking about mental health I always find myself second-guessing my own thoughts, beliefs and experiences. 

Conversations about mental health should be commonplace

This interview was originally published as part of Time to Change's partnership with Metro.

What were your views on mental health problems prior to experiencing them yourself?

I hadn’t come into contact with anyone who had a mental illness in my family life, so I had no idea what the term ‘mental health problem’ really meant. Whenever the subject did come up, the conversation was usually pretty swift and uncomfortable.