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Understanding Depression - Part One

Let me be honest with you, before I was diagnosed I knew very little about mental illness. It was one of those things that I didn't need to know about. That's not to say that I was ignorant or I didn't care, it just didn't affect anyone I knew...or so I thought.
We all have days where we feel amazing and can take on the world and achieve anything. We also all have days where you just can't be bothered, a duvet day for instance. That's normal, that's life. It has good days and bad days. 
However, when the bad days start building up like a traffic jam, on a hot day, with no air conditioning, that's when we start to get in trouble. When we are completely stuck with no way out, that's when we start to give up and believe this is the end.
So many people would say "snap out of it", "get over yourself", or "what have you got to be depressed about?". The truth is that anyone can suffer from depression at any point in their lif…

Storytelling - An Introduction

Yesterday, I was given an amazing opportunity to attend Story Camp. It's an event ran by Time To Change and it explores the ways in which we can share our mental health stories.
The one thing I learnt from the event is that my story has power. It has the power to challenge stigma and change mental health conversations. It has the power to reach out to others and give people the strength to open up about their own mental health.
Today I decided to set up this blog and share my thoughts with you all. So here it goes...
I'm Natalie. I'm 36 and last year I had a breakdown. I'll go into details about that separately, I don't want to give it all away in one blog!! I am a Time to Change Champion, a Mind Blue Light Champion and I am involved with Bryony Gordon's Mental Health Mates - running the meet ups in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.
I am not my mental illness, I am a person who lives with Depression, Generalised Anxiety and a Panic Disorder.
So why "Just another fi…