Putting yourself out there, being vulnerable and open to the possibility of love, can be quite a scary thing - we all know the risk of heartbreak, but also the possibility to learn, grow, and make a truly special connection. Having a mental illness can mean the thought of dating is even more daunting - will they understand? Even though one in four of us will be living with mental illness at any one time, feeling anxious about sharing your mental health experiences with a potential love interest is completely natural. I feared a lack of understanding about my symptoms. We spoke about my symptoms extensively over time, and he is now a brilliant support to me. Mental illness can often leave you feeling lonely, and sometimes this leads you to feel that you need to find a partner quickly. From my own experience, I chose to wait before telling my date about my mental illness, because I wanted to get to know each other before disclosing intimate details.