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41 Things Those With Depression Want You to Know

It can be hard to believe just how common depression is because we just don’t talk about it. Well, we do, but as a whole, society doesn’t tend to . There’s still a great deal of stigma and shame attached to  it. In the spirit of last week’s post, this week we asked the lovely folk…

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Depression: What You Don’t See

Depression: What You Don't See.

There’s no doubt about it, depression is a debilitating illness. It can affect absolutely every aspect of your life. Yet, so much of the suffering is not seen. To help increase awareness and understanding, we asked people to share their insights and experiences with us – we wanted to highlight the reality of depression, the…

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Mental Illness Is Not The News Story Here

The headlines today are diabolical. They make my heart sink. It is being reported that the Germanwings co-pilot, Andreas Lubitz, had a history of depression. But I think we’re missing the point. In fact, we’re entirely missing the point. Depression does not define a person. People are not the be-all and end-all of their illness….

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How Dame Kelly Holmes Inadvertently Changed My Life

As I picked up Dame Kelly Holme’s autobiography, sometime in 2010, I expected to read about her rise to the top of her game and learn about the lady who I’d seen cross the finish line to bring home gold, not once, but twice. [Image courtesy of] I didn’t expect the monumental shift in mindset which…

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How Depression Feels For Me

I wanted to try and put into words how depression feels for me. It is difficult explaining something which can be so changeable, one day to the next, but I’ve had a good go at it. *Takes a deep breath* Depression is classed as a mental illness but for me, it also manifests itself in…

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Want To End It All? Please Read This

Want to End it All Please Read This Suicide

Thank you for stopping to read this. Thank you for letting us sit with you. We know how much you’re hurting. We understand that choosing to open this wasn’t easy. We can’t fix everything for you, but we can sit with you until it feels a little less intense. You are not a bad person…

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In Crisis? These 12 Actions Can Help

Sometimes our depression may lead us to struggle with suicidal thoughts and feelings.  Feeling suicidal is horrible. It can be incredibly hard to deal with and can lead us feeling very isolated. We don’t know how to carry on. However dark things seem, we need to hang on in there. We are never alone. There…

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Helping Someone Who Is Suicidal

Helping Someone Who Is Suicidal

Around 20% of people in the UK experience suicidal thoughts at some point in their lifetime. So you may well encounter someone who’s feeling suicidal at some point. It can be hard to know what to do in that situation. It can be distressing and we worry about saying or doing the right things. Nobody…

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Blurt interviews Ruby Wax

At Blurt HQ, we’ve all experienced depression in some way so we appreciate the value of the work Ruby Wax does for others. Using her sheer ingenuity and wit, she paves the ways for others like us to speak out about such a debilitating illness. We were so excited to interview Ruby and she didn’t disappoint…

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Blurt interviews rugby legend, Jonny Wilkinson

I don’t know about you but I always find it humbling  when someone in the public eye finds the courage to speak out about their struggle with depression. At some point we’ve all had to make that choice, to speak out and so we can appreciate how frightening it is. Jonny Wilkinson has achieved such a…

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