Thursday, 6 February 2014

Time to Talk about Mental Illness

As some of you may know, today is Time to Talk day when we are all encouraged to talk about Mental Health to break the stigma so many of us face. Granted the world has moved on since locking everyone up and having victorians entertained by insane people, but there is still a stigma around those who have mental health problems. Those who've suffered breakdowns are sometimes called "not a full shilling" we're told not to mention our MH problems at work as we could be seen as unreliable and those with depression are often looked down on and seen as horrible people.

I have suffered with depression and anxiety for around 7 years now and although I am happier than ever I still get triggers and feelings of inferiority, my anxiety is getting better but I still get nervous when I'm alone. The most important thing for me is the friends I have around me that became family and the family that will support me no matter what. I'm lucky to have an absolutely amazing partner that makes me feel safe, will watch TV in bed with me on my bad days and cook and drink wine with me on my good days. I know these all sound like normal every day things but its that security that helps me.

I'm not going to share my full depression story as that is my past and I am in recovery now, I don't need to think of the bad things. Today I want to focus on the good things, its because of overcoming my depression that I am so positive now. When you feel like your whole world is crumbling around you its easy to think of the bad things and listen to that horrible voice in your head telling you how worthless you are. But I refuse to listen, we need to remember the good things no matter how hard that is.

The other main problem we need to overcome is how mental health is handled by the NHS, there should be specialist wards, safe places and more one on one care. Crisis care should mean being there in a crisis, home check ups should focus on you, psychiatrists shouldn't let their personal views affect their work (all of the above have happened to me). We need more consideration and help for those who are truly vulnerable, instead of being vilified by the people who we have put our trust in.

Just incase you need a reminder today

You are worth it
You are beautiful
You are smart
Your size is not your worth
You are creative and intuitive
Your smile lights up the room
Your friends love you
You deserve to be happy

As it is time to talk I would love it if you would all talk to me today. What do you think about how mental health is handled? How do you stay positive? What makes you happy on bad days? And most importantly how are you today?


  1. What a lovely positive post!
    You're really lucky you have such amazing people around you to help you through it.

    It's lovely to hear people's thoughts on this subject today. Let's hope it makes mental health less of a taboo

    Jenn | PhotoJennic


  2. Thank you for writing this post. It's so good to be open about these sorts of things and hopefully make them less of a taboo subject. Anxiety has always been setting that has ruled my life and whilst I find it a lot better to control nowadays it has really hindered me from doing so many things. I found the problem at the time when it was really bad (around age 16) that no one discussed these things and I felt so alone.
    It's so fantastic that there are posts like this for people to read and relate to - I really think it will help them.
    Thank you for your honesty and I adore your blog!
    New follower here :)

    Collette xxx

  3. Preach it guuuurl!

    I loved that you've spoken out about this. I suffer with depression and anxiety myself and know how difficult it can be. I'm glad you have supportive family and friends! I did a mental awareness post and how I cope with my depression over on my blog if you fancy a read.

    Sammeh x


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