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The messy side of mental health problems : what the media & campaigns don’t show

I was surprised to find myself largely neutral to the widespread mental health campaigns being run to raise awareness. I’ve seen many of these, encouraging people to talk about mental health and problems like depression and anxiety. Awareness is good, don’t get me wrong. I’ve seen media coverage featuring stories of

The power of letting go

This blog is about surmounting fibromyalgia and mental illness. Inevitably, I had to get around to talking about forgiveness. I wasn't surprised that Google records 5 million searches a month for the phrase 'how to let go.' People are hurting and they want to heal and move on, but can't seem to. You

My battle with Borderline Personality Disorder

Throughout my life I have grappled with a range of distressing issues that I somehow thought were unique to me. I struggled to make and keep friends, suffered tumultuous emotions as I went through various circumstances that included severe bullying, physical, sexual and emotional abuse, low self-image and never feeling happy

Talking mental health

Every year 1 in 4 people are affected by mental health illnesses, but are afraid to talk about them for fear of repercussions. Mind and Rethink Mental Illness want to change this by encouraging people to spend at least five minutes a day having conversations about mental health. In their Time to Talk Campaign, the

Waiting to Fly

I was listening to Lana Del Rey’s I Can Fly, and it elicited something in me. She sings ‘You had me caged up like a bird in the summer....I was waiting to fly...’ I imagined the ‘You’ in her song as the depression and complex PTSD stifling me, tying my wings

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