Why Mental Health Awareness should be taught in Schools

I think it’s apt to say that my teenage years were complete and utter shite. My self esteem was severely low and I went from a bright, confident child to a throughly depressed teenager. I was diagnosed with depression when I was fourteen. I was what’s called a ‘school refuser.’ I enjoyed school; I wanted [...]

Planning a wedding and staying well with Bipolar

Bipolar and excitement don't always mix well. Bipolar and stress especially don't mix well.  Add these together and you're looking at a full blown manic or depressive episode, or both. Planning a wedding has to be on the top of the list for both of these, and I decided to put myself through this a [...]

My Experiences of Mental Health Crises Care

Earlier this month I completed a questionnaire for the Care Quality Commission, regarding mental health crisis care. A mental health crisis can include: suicidal behaviour panic attacks psychotic episodes Irrational behaviour that could lead to a person endangering themselves My experience with crisis care began when I was severely depressed. I had left a job [...]

101 Things Nobody Tells you about Bipolar

It is more than just happy or sad Bipolar is a complex long term condition Sufferers all have slightly different periods of depression, hypomania, mania and stability Depression will be severe and unrelenting A depressive episode could last months A hypomanic or manic episode could last months Mania is not always fun Mania makes you [...]

Beginning my Novel

I've taken the plunge and decided to write a novel. It's been swirling around in my head for years, the idea of it, but now I'm in a place where I can put my head down and begin. This isn't foreign territory for me; I studied creative writing at University and have begun novels before. [...]

My Journey so Far, Living with Bipolar Disorder

I was diagnosed with Bipolar Affective Disorder in December 2012. I believe that I had been ill for ten years previously with this illness. As a teenager, I was very sullen, and my parents’ believed I was just being a teenager; quiet, unapproachable and moody. However these everyday moods of a teenager slowly manifested into [...]

How my cat plays a vital role in my mental well being

In 2012, I was very poorly. My depression had evolved into a sneering, unrelenting monster, ready to tear me to shreds. I was done. I didn't want to live anymore. I was spending most days alone, with nothing to focus my mind. My partner was at work during the day and could occasionally work from [...]