I am super chuffed that in the last couple of days two of my pieces have been shared by the Huffington Post and The Mighty.
I think its so easy to assume as one human, just little old us we can’t possibly make a difference to this big wide world.
I am starting to challenge that within myself and think that maybe just maybe I can. We can. Not matter small it is, no matter what it is we choose to do to raise awareness, to be heard that it’s possible with a little hard work and determination and regarding mental health I have that in bucket loads oozing from my pores and I am DETERMINED to be a voice for those with mental illness.
My little tree of hope project was so simple. It cost me about £50 which I was more than happy to spend if it bought some hope to someone out there and that it did. It was also picked up on twitter with currently over 20k views and messages from others wanting to do the same, that means it not only impacted those walking past it in my local park but it also inspired people far and wide and it’s something that could be replicated so easily to offer hope and comfort and this gives ME hope.
The tree of hope was also picked up by the huffington post and you can see the article HERE
One of my favourite blog pieces was also picked up by The Mighty, it was one of my favourites as it was regarding the thing that I feel the most passionate about regarding mental health and that is treatment.
It’s a letter to mental health professionals from me and what i’d like them to know, on behalf of all mental health patients. You can see that article HERE
So please do carry on your own projects, your own awareness activities, they DO make a a difference, we CAN make a difference and as I always say. Don’t be ashamed of your story. it will inspire others. So keep writing, sharing and inspiring my beauties because our voices matter.
New year is a time of new starts, dreams and goals but what if you don’t know where you’re heading? That’s okay!
New year can seem like an expanse of time, especially if you feel lost.
My final video of 2018 I want to aim at those who feel lost, like the new year isn’t worth going in to….. I know how this feels and I want to share why it’s okay to not know where you’re headed.
Happy Christmas everyone ♡ please look after yourself ♡♡
“You don’t look like you have depression / bipolar / anxiety……..(fill gap as appropriate)
Ahhh if I’d had a penny every time I have heard such a statement.
The big question here is what ARE we supposed to look like?
What would make some one say ” ah yes I thought as much” unless they saw you in melt down mode?
This always makes me curious … What is it that people expect to see?
The truth ANYONE can suffer with a mental illness. The same as anyone cam get a flu, break their leg…..Mental health is no different and peaks and troughs just the same….just more so for some than others.
I made this video to try and make that point.
If someone saw me me on the street would they think I have bipolar? Used to have anorexia? I highly doubt it.
Mental illness is Invisible to most. Hidden. Secret at times and this is what makes it lethal at times. Never judge or make assumptions before you know facts. You can’t judge a book by its cover. You can’t judge a person by their face.
Judgements, assumptions. We all make them.
It’s part of being human but maybe we need to stop and think before we make an assumption of someone before knowing them or the full facts.
I know I have had assumptions made about me. I have been told I look “Bitchy”, “Unapproachable”
I was even told recently that i had not been accepted on to a counselling course due to my “vulnerabilities” All they knew about me that could possible have registered as “vulnerable” in their minds was the fact that I have bipolar disorder. Regardless of telling them all the awareness work I do etc etc I was deemed “vulnerable” – That is an assumption based on not a lot of information (Irony was part of the interview was talking about how counsellors shouldn’t make assumptions)
We all do it, it’s part of being human but I think It’s important to try to not make snap judgements about people and situations until we have learned the full facts.
As they say – You can’t judge a book by its cover!
This vlog is me talking about this and why you really can’t judge someone before knowing them first.