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Article from Time to Change

Just like with physical illnesses, sharing a mental health diagnosis with other people is not easy. Often, for various reasons, people with depression feel that keeping it to themselves is the best option. However, those who do decide to discuss their mental illness with selected family and friends can find it very helpful, even liberating.

If you would like to open up to somebody like a friend or colleague about how you are feeling, there are a number of ways that you could start the conversation:

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Remember, not everyone is the same so you should only share what you are comfortable with.

If you would like to see how other people have started conversations about their mental health, Time to Change has some videos showing how interactions with friends and family have helped people through their depression.

You should never feel under pressure to tell people that you have a mental health problem if you don’t want to.

Watch the videos here

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