Recently, I received an email for an event called ‘Real Talk’ in my work inbox. Thankfully working in the mental health field you occasionally get this kind interesting stuff sent out in the office. The event is hosted by people who suffer or have suffered in the past from ‘mental health problems’ and allows space for them to open up and speak candidly to the audience about the … [Read more...]
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I decided to start this blog in response to the media coverage of mental illness and their obsession with turning those (including myself) who have been diagnosed with mental health problems into mad axe wielding murderers. In the UK the Sun one of our national tabloids had a headline stating 1,200 murders by people with mental illness. The story caused a stir on Facebook and … [Read more...]
From the age of fifteen I have suffered from Mental health problems. I thought there was something wrong with me, I was "crazy" or " off my head". I got told to " snap out of it" and " give myself a shake" . It wasnt so easy to just make myself be like everyone else. It was like a light had switched off and I was in a dark, lonely and shamefull place. I hated myself, the way I … [Read more...]
As I write I am aware of the pain that has re-entered my life but it is with the knowledge that it is not as painful as it use to be. I did not manage to stop it in time and I can feel it filling up my body - but this time I do not envisage the butchers knife that I used to picture me using to cut out the pain or the real self-harm. I now have valuable insight that I use as … [Read more...]