In such a relationship, where the couple share experience, it allows people to really know how to support each other during a crisis.' With this in mind, I signed up.

As with all dating websites, you create a personal profile that other users can see, detailing interests and hobbies alongside a couple of paragraphs describing yourself and what you are looking for in a potential partner. The only difference to all the other sites is that there is a tick-box menu to indicate your mental health diagnosis.

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I became completely withdrawn, never leaving my flat.

I confided in my parents about my fears and they took me to see a GP, who then referred me to a psychiatrist.

It's a bit like diabetes: if I keep taking the tablets, I'm fine. I have friends who know about my diagnosis, and some colleagues who presumably don't (although these days if you Google my name, you find the articles I have written about my mental health).

But being schizophrenic has complicated my romantic life.

He wants to take me to the local castle and show me the statue of Robin Hood.

I wonder if he could be my very own modern-day hero. As with any online dating - schizophrenic or not - there are always a few moments before meeting when you worry that the pictures won't be accurate. Neither of us should drink alcohol on medication, as it can hinder the effectiveness (although we confess to a drink now and then).

I'd used dating sites such as so this sounded like a great idea. 'I think there is a relief in getting to know someone when both parties are open about their psychiatric issues,' he says.

'I would not say it's better, but rather a case-by-case thing. The site has been a slow build since 2004 but we've had at least 30 marriages now.' Sue Baker, of Time to Change, a UK organisation that aims to tackle mental health stigma, believes websites such as his are a good idea.

I had moved to London from Staffordshire, where I grew up, aged 18 to attend Middlesex University, where I studied fashion design.