Chester Bennington RIP – Notes on Suicide

I don’t tend to say much beyond a few words on social media when there is a celebrity death, even when it’s linked to mental health I tend to sit back and keep quiet letting the noise run through but something about the noise around Chester Bennington’s tragic death has moved me and I feel…… Continue reading Chester Bennington RIP – Notes on Suicide

Boxed Up: Literary Vacation Club @literaryvacay

Welcome to the first edition of Boxed Up! I will be honest, when I came up with this concept I did thing nobody else would buy into it and the idea would fall flat on it’s face…you know how it is when anxiety gets a grip on an idea! Luckily I pursued it and one…… Continue reading Boxed Up: Literary Vacation Club @literaryvacay

Brainy Books: Boys Don’t Cry by Tim Grayburn @TimGrayburn @HodderBooks

Hi Guys, so I told you a little while back that these new features would be starting over here to spice things up a bit while I’m focusing on my book and it’s taken a bit of setting up but here is the first one, Yay! This is Brainy Books, each month I will highlight…… Continue reading Brainy Books: Boys Don’t Cry by Tim Grayburn @TimGrayburn @HodderBooks

Mental Health Awareness Week: Loving The Life Less Lived by Gail Marie Mitchell @GailMitchell42 #MHAW17

As you all probably know I also run a book blog, this week I was asked to join a book blog tour for mental health awareness week. I couldn’t do so without sharing the post here. The book Loving the Life Less Lived by Gail Marie Mitchell is a memoir / self-help book about depression…… Continue reading Mental Health Awareness Week: Loving The Life Less Lived by Gail Marie Mitchell @GailMitchell42 #MHAW17

Guest Post: Chasing the Correct Diagnosis

Today I am honoured to welcome Aimee to BrizzleLass. Aimee has written a truly moving post on her battle to get the correct diagnosis, one she knows in her heart is correct, but she has really struggled to get the professionals to recognise. As a result she hasn’t received the correct treatment. I am sure…… Continue reading Guest Post: Chasing the Correct Diagnosis

Guest Post: Depression and Chronic Illness

I am so pleased to welcome Kaisha to BrizzleLass with her story of Chronic Illness and Depression. Many people don’t appreciate how having a chronic illness can have such an adverse affect on mental health or even the other way around. I thank Kaisha for her honesty in telling her story, and for sharing it…… Continue reading Guest Post: Depression and Chronic Illness

When Life Hands You Lemons…

I’ve been distant lately, life has been handing me lemons, and I’ve been hiding behind the lemon pile and keeping quiet. It began when just as I was expecting to hit the height of a manic episode, the ESA Capability to Work form fell on my doormat, completely unexpected given I am currently in the…… Continue reading When Life Hands You Lemons…

Depression Awareness Week 2016 – Bipolar Depression

As I write I feel a long way from depression, in reality I’m one crisis. I’m currently on the verge of tipping into a full manic episode. If I do, then crisis point won’t be far and with it the fall into a deep dark depression.  As someone with bipolar this is my reality, I’m,…… Continue reading Depression Awareness Week 2016 – Bipolar Depression

The Diagnosis of Psychiatric Conditions

Anybody who has been part of the mental health system for any period of time knows that diagnosis is a complicated and not always a permanent situation. I’ve blogged before about how despite recognising myself as Bipolar, because this is the diagnosis most often used by my various psychiatrists, I have been given other diagnosis…… Continue reading The Diagnosis of Psychiatric Conditions

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

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

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…

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…

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 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.

GP’s and Mental Health

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

Open Letter to Bristol City Council

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

Bank Holiday Gardening

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

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 Suicide Story

When the public turn on people with mental illness for being suicidal who is to blame?

Slaying the Dragon

When drinking becomes alcoholism.

Depression Awareness Week

My story of depression for depression awareness week.

Spring is the time of plans and projects

A mental health update from Brizzle Lass.

Betrayed or the Betrayer?

How I dealt with feeling betrayed while dealing with post-overdose feelings.

Friendships

Friendships, the types of friendships I have and how they can affect my mental health.

A Return To Blogging

Why I’ve returned to blogging, an update on my recent crisis.

Journaling vs Blogging

My push pull relationship between journaling and blogging.

Bipolar Babysitter

I wanted to share this, getting a routine which works is something my Husband and I are working hard on. We are doing OK with the bed, pills, alarms side of things but I cope less well with the time when I am alone and trying to fill time when I am dealing with mood-swings,…… Continue reading Bipolar Babysitter

The Medication Penny Drop

Suddenly, I could see the penny drop, and I suddenly realised why, even when I was OK, as in not depressed, I was never really OK. I’ve not been on the correct medications.

Bitch

Bitch by Meredith Brookes OK so aside from being my number one karaoke pick this song title is pretty much how I feel about myself the last few days. I have a friend who is currently going through a really tough time and me being the person that I am I want to help her,…… Continue reading Bitch