Blogging about mental health issues
Each week we publish blog posts on a whole range of topics, relating in some way to mental health.
We welcome comments and questions on our posts, but have a few ground rules to keep the site welcoming and interesting to every body. The first rule is the most important: be respectful of other commenters and bloggers.
My battle with schizophrenia and depression
Misty blogs for us about how being bullied at school became the start of a long battle with depression, schizophrenia and self harm. Now largely in recovery, she has a message for others who are struggling.
"Pull yourself together"
Kafayat blogs for us on her experiences of post natal depression and the difficulties in gaining support from family and friends.
Mind the gap - my experience of health anxiety
Al talks about his experience of health anxiety, and his achievements and aspirations for the future.
I believe talking therapy saved my life
Gemma blogs about the difference talking therapy made to her life and tells us why she is supporting the We Need to Talk campaign.
How I used OCD to my advantage, despite its debilitating effects
Amanda talks about her experiences of living with OCD and how she was able to use this part of her life to achieve a personal ambition.
A policeman's battle with depression
Today, Ron blogs for us on his three year battle with depression; how it started, what it felt like and how he made it through to the other side.
The importance of a good mental health team
Today, Skye talks about her positive experiences of talking therapies and the excellent mental health support she has received over the last four years.
Managing self harm on my own terms
In a follow up to her post about starting talking therapy with her local Mind, Laura blogs about how this support is helping her to manage her anxiety and thoughts of self harm.
Let's Befriends: volunteering at Mind
Back in 2010 I was going through a particularly challenging time – a breakdown of a relationship, health problems and subsequently a very low mood - so I decided to give and connect with people through volunteering.
Agoraphobia and the fear of 'what if'
Often you need to talk to someone so badly it hurts. After struggling with agoraphobia for 16 years, Laura hopes that starting talking therapy with her local Mind will help her to take control of her life.
I couldn’t pretend anymore
When Sandra was struggling with cancer and depression, it was her mental health problems that those around her found most difficult to deal with. Here, she blogs about the support she found through her local Mind.
The race of my life
Three years ago, Amy's agoraphobia made it difficult to leave the house. Next month she'll be lining up in a crowd of thousands to run the London Marathon.
Mental health in relationships
Denise, a Relate counsellor, blogs about how difficult it can be to talk and deal with a mental health problem when you're in a relationship.
My creative therapy
Agata, who has been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, describes how art has provided an important creative outlet, soothing her symptoms and helping her through life.
Plan B on Psychotherapy Regulation
Mental health nurse and blogger Zarathustra returns to the Mind blog with a warning that plans to regulate psychotherapy are being watered down by the Coalition Government.