Observations: (2) Giving up depression for Lent: My fight against mental illness

Kimberley John

The stigma surrounding mental health problems seems to be slipping away. The once-invisible illnesses that affect at least 1 in 4 people in the UK each year have recently, and thankfully, come to the forefront of our minds. This is due to the government’s announcement that they are to invest £1 billion into mental health services by 2020, following a report by NHS England that shows that there simply isn’t enough being done to help sufferers.


As one out of four people dealing with mental illness – namely a mixture of anxiety and depression – I’m grateful that although it may take time to see a change in the amount of provision provided, it finally seems OK to talk about my problems. That’s something we all need to do, and can do. Talk. I’m sick of being sick and I’m tired of being tired.

The Christians out there know we are currently in…

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