14 tips to survive depression – from someone with 5+ years experience

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I became depressed in 2012. I was diagnosed after I texted a friend in school from bed saying that I was going to kill myself. He told the school, the school rang my mother, and I was rushed to the local Children’s and Adolescents’ Mental Health Services (CAMHS). I was diagnosed almost immediately with depression.

I have attempted suicide twice, both around that time, and both fairly close together. I have had several depressive relapses, spent many weeks confined to my bed, and have questioned the point of life more times than I can count. I am still here, and I am happy.

Today is World Mental Health Day. In honour of that, here are some of my tips, from experience, on how to survive this horrible illness.

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Bless me father, for I have sinned; it’s been three weeks since my last blog post

Hey everyone! This is just a quick post to say that I recognise that I haven’t posted in a while, and to explain why. If you’re a follower of my blog, then you’ll know that I have depression, and this sometimes interferes with many aspects of my life, including writing.

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21 Misconceptions about depression

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Two days ago, Chester Bennington, the lead singer of Linkin Park, committed suicide. He killed himself by hanging. Chester was just 41 years old. I was a huge fan of Linkin Park when I was younger. My brother and I would listen to their album all the time, on our tiny MP3 players.

One of the reasons I set up this blog was to write about mental health and my own experiences with depression, anxiety, etc. I hadn’t planned on writing a post about depression so soon, but then the news of Chester’s death broke, and after reading that a guitarist from Korn called Chester “a coward”, I felt the need to write this. Here are some common misconceptions about depression.

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