‘Mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of, and the more of us who talk about it, the better!’ – Bryony Gordon

‘Mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of, and the more of us who talk about it, the better!’ – Bryony Gordon

I’m sitting here in the green room, staring at Gordon Brown and Julian Clary and Sian Williams, pinching myself that I have been invited to the Hay festival to talk to people about OCD, an illness that is finally being taken seriously after decades of being trivialised. I’ve had OCD since I was 12. It’s something I’ve been ashamed of until only relatively recently, when I plucked up the courage to go public and write about it in my new book, Mad Girl.

OCD is a serious disorder that brings such misery to so many, and I’m hoping today to shine a bit of light on it, and talk about it in a way that is – fingers crossed – both informative and upbeat. Mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of, and the more of us who talk about it, the better!