The Other Side of Food Struggles

N.B. This post is in no way belittling, dismissing, or ignoring eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia. Please do not think I do not have love and sympathy for anybody suffering with these destructive diseases and know that I am very aware there is a severe lack of psychological support for them. This is merely…… Continue reading The Other Side of Food Struggles

Mental Health Week?

This week mental health has been a firm fixture in the news. It seems not a day has passed without an announcement or story popping up about mental health. This is great and we need to see more mental health stories appearing in the news. But a week like this shouldn’t be an anomaly. We…… Continue reading Mental Health Week?

Children’s Mental Health Week 2016

This year, the theme of Children’s Mental Health Week, is “building resilience” and teaching children how to “bounce forward” from life’s challenges. https://youtu.be/21jqtJ-UB_w I was one of the lucky children who had access to mental health services. In 1989 at nine years old my Mum finally reached breaking point with my mental health, she knew…… Continue reading Children’s Mental Health Week 2016

Time to Talk Day 2016 – Mental Health Voices

Today is Time to Talk Day, the day where the nation is encouraged to talk about mental health with another person. I guess, for me, every day is Time to Talk Day, mental health is a prominent part of life for me, my Husband and I talk daily about how I am, the progress I’ve…… Continue reading Time to Talk Day 2016 – Mental Health Voices

Rehabilitation vs Recovery

There is much talk in the mental health community around recovery. People talk about their own recovery. Doctor’s talk about recovery. I don’t know about the rest of the U.K. but here in Bristol the primary care teams are even called Recovery. I’ve always had a problem with the word Recovery for several reasons. The main reason…… Continue reading Rehabilitation vs Recovery

A Brief Update

Hello to you all and a belated happy new year.  I felt it was time to just check in and let you all know I am OK.  Towards the end of last year I started to really struggle with aspects of my Bipolar and combined with consistent issues I was having on social media I…… Continue reading A Brief Update

Lost for words…

…so I chose some from one of my favourite books to say it for me today. “I don’t want to see anyone. I lie in the bedroom with the curtains drawn and nothingness washing over me like a sluggish wave. Whatever is happening to me is my own fault. I have done something wrong, something…… Continue reading Lost for words…

Another Twitter Mental Health Blunder…

Every so often someone with a big Twitter following, and some would say celebrity status and so authority, says something which is just down right questionable. Today being one of those days, someone I followed shared this into my timeline commenting on their disappointment at the words… I will be honest, I had no idea…… Continue reading Another Twitter Mental Health Blunder…

Blog Action Day – Raise Your Voice for Mental Health

TW: Brief mention of self harm and suicidal ideations. I don’t know how I am finding the words to write this at the moment, mental illness is destructive at times, a curse and right now I am living through one of those moments. Bipolar Disorder brings it’s sparks of creativity, it becomes so much a…… Continue reading Blog Action Day – Raise Your Voice for Mental Health

Let’s Get A Few Things Clear…

I’ve been a bit distant from the world lately. I’m wallowing, having been dealt a blow regarding the therapy I need but won’t be getting and spiralling into an even deeper depression I’ve also picked up the flu. Not the flu but it’s really a bad cold, this is proper, knocked for six, full body…… Continue reading Let’s Get A Few Things Clear…

Bipolar And Me for Bipolar Awareness Day 2015

Today is Bipolar Awareness Day, a day just for raising awareness of this pesky illness I spend a lot of time yapping about on this blog! This year Bipolar UK have asked people to submit their stories on the subject #BipolarAndMe. As I write this I’m conscious I’m in the depressive end of my cycle…… Continue reading Bipolar And Me for Bipolar Awareness Day 2015

Schizophrenia Awareness Week 2015

TW: References to Suicide and Self Harm Rethink Mental Illness have launched this year’s Schizophrenia Awareness Week with this moving video featuring real people whose lives are touched with Schizophrenia. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jjmn7qAjco8 I don’t have Schizophrenia, but one in 100 people do, so chances are you will at least know somebody thoughout your life with this…… Continue reading Schizophrenia Awareness Week 2015

Mental Health and Self Diagnosis

I actually remember the very first time I turned to the Internet for information about my mental health. This may seem insignificant to many of my younger readers, but in 2001 there wasn’t very much information available.  I found one site which had the information I was looking for, my GP had mentioned something in…… Continue reading Mental Health and Self Diagnosis

Guest Post: Resilience: You can be Amazing…Say What You Wanna Say, And Let the Words Fall Out

I am so pleased to welcome Jessica to the blog today. Her story is one so many will relate to, with one exception. She now works for a firm who are embracing mental health as something which needs to be looked after! I hope after reading this you agree with me that Jessica embraces what resilience…… Continue reading Guest Post: Resilience: You can be Amazing…Say What You Wanna Say, And Let the Words Fall Out

The Curse of Self-Doubt & Self-Loathing

I’m writing this about 11pm on Friday night, for the second night in a row I cannot concentrate on my book (a really good book, I’d like to add). The problem I have is that right now I am full to the brim with self-doubt. This self-doubt started a little while back. I had applied…… Continue reading The Curse of Self-Doubt & Self-Loathing

World Suicide Prevention Day 2015

I wrote this yesterday for the Mental Health Voices blog in honour of World Suicide Prevention Day and felt it appropriate I also share here…

The Diagnosis Question Time

There have been a number of posts written by people recently about diagnosis and how it does/doesn’t help with getting our minds settled or focused. One of the posts was actually by one of my guests on this blog! Diagnosis can be extremely helpful and can give you so much freedom in terms of research,…… Continue reading The Diagnosis Question Time

Locked Inside My Head

I spend a lot of time talking about how having bipolar affects my life in terms of depression and anxiety. I’ve talked about self harm, suicide, and various other things. I want to be sure I talk about other aspects of having bipolar aswell, some of it isn’t bad, and some of it, like today…… Continue reading Locked Inside My Head

Are “Goths” more Depressed?

Firstly, I’m going to say how much I hate the use of the word “goths” in this context, the people it refers to were apparently self-identifying so I will forgive it, but, there is a social stigma attached to calling anyone who wears anything alternative/black a goth, and there are so many sub-cultures people could…… Continue reading Are “Goths” more Depressed?

The Trouble with Mental Health Memes

How mental health memes can upset your mental health.

Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number

How the media’s focus on mental health in young adults can make you feel insignificant as an older person and also diminish the value which could be added to the treatment of young people with mental illness.

Given Cause to Doubt Your Own Intentions

The emotionally draining effects of dealing with being harassed by cyber-bullies.

Why Online Friends Are Important To Me

Originally posted on Jenny in Neverland:
When I started book blogging, over 2 years ago now, I had no idea what I was doing. I didn’t really fully understand what blogging – dedicated blogging – entailed and I wasn’t aware of how big the whole blogging community was. I’ve met a ton of people online; bloggers…

Mental Health Awareness Patch

Originally posted on BY LAUREN HAYLEY:
Earlier today I came across an interesting article from the International Bipolar Foundation (IBPF) which you can find by clicking here. The new scheme put into place by IBPF allows young girls across America to earn a Mental Health Awareness Patch as apart of their Girl Guides, Girl Scouts…

Music for when Life Sucks

For a while now I have been planning a series of posts on music, and this is the first of those posts. Each post will have a playlist which you may or may not choose to listen to!

The Feel of a Target on our Backs

Thoughts on the latest benefits reform…what does targeting the poor really do for the government.

Guest Post: Diagnosis: On The Importance Of

Welcoming guest blogger from https://imillnotcrazy.wordpress.com/ talking about how a diagnosis can affect your state of mind, how you think of yourself and your mental illness.

Religion and Mental Health

How do mental health and religion fit together. What doubts lie within religion and how do some people find comfort in something that relies on complete faith?

Why Snail Mail Rocks

Writing letters is enjoyable and relieves stress and depression, this is my journey and how I rediscovered the power of letter writing.

Positive Outlooks

A post about finding positivity when you don’t really feel it.

The Problem with Being Articulate

How being articulate when you are a mental health patient can be a drawback.

Mental Health Voices

The origins of Mental Health Voices.

GP’s and Mental Health

Problems experienced with some GP’s and getting help for mental health issues.

Just What is it About Ingress?

Why playing Ingress has helped me improve my Mental Health.

The Mental Health Challenge – Why Bristol City Council Hasn’t Joined

My progress on trying to get Bristol City Council to sign up to The Mental Health Challenge.

The Power of the Sun

How travelling and finding the sun can help improve your mental health.

Travel: Avon Gorge Boat Tour

A trip down the Avon Gorge in Bristol, by Ferry.

Open Letter to Bristol City Council

An open letter to Bristol City Council about how they treat benefit claimants with mental health issues.

Free From Heaven Feature

Link to a feature on the Free From Heaven magazine website about my gluten free and low FODMAP diet.

Bank Holiday Gardening

How a bit of gardening and a few flowers brightened my mood and my garden.

Review: Aldi Wagyu Burgers – Gluten Free

Review of the most amazing burgers I’ve ever tasted, Wagyu Burgers, from Aldi…bonus they are Gluten Free!

Has Your Local Council Joined the Mental Health Challenge?

About The Mental Health Challenge and how to see if your local council has signed up and if not how to ask them to get involved.

Holiday Anxiety

How do I cope with Social Anxiety when I have to deal with an airport to go on holiday, I discuss this here.

Olive Cooke – An Inspiration

A eulogy to the well known Bristolian poppy collector Olive Cooke who I met in my early twenties.

Why I Can’t Work

More than once I’ve found myself in a conversation where I have had to defend myself for currently not working. One of the biggest stigma’s associated with mental illness is that that if we aren’t well enough to work we should be hospitalised, or that somehow our illness should be visible. As it is Mental…… Continue reading Why I Can’t Work

Be Mindful

Make yourself aware of Mindfulness this Mental health Awareness Week.

A Sad Day for Mental Health

The news that a majority Conservative Government have won the election, is not good news for the mental health community.

The Power of Social Media

The story of love discovered via social media…no catfish involved!

Stereotypical Journalism and Why It Infuriates Me

What happens when journalists start stereotyping the population based on where we live as opposed to our actual views?

It’s never "JUST" IBS…the campaign

Why people need to sign the IBS Network’s petition.