Conversations and Experiences of Stigma Against Mental Illness

I've had many conversations about mental illness and Bipolar. I am very open and honest about my illness, and have refused to hide it. I want to show people that even though I have a mental illness, it does not make me weak. On the contrary, I believe to be able to keep fighting this [...]

Charged for being ill; Long term mental illness and paying for prescriptions

  I have Bipolar, a life long mental illness. I take medication to help me have some form of stability. Without it, I can become manic and a danger to myself, or severely depressed and suicidal. I need medication to function, to get up in the morning, to survive. Yet, I have to pay for [...]

How the label of Bipolar changed my life – for the betterĀ 

At 10am, 13th December 2012 was a life changing moment; I was diagnosed with Bipolar. My initial response was of anger, an anger that it had taken until I was twenty seven and fifteen years of pain and suffering to finally have a diagnosis. So many years of my life felt wasted, as I had [...]

How I’ve been stressed out and the effects on my body

  The last month has been incredibly stressful. The main reason for this has been that I found out that I'm not eligible for ESA (Employment Support Allowance) payments. Although I have been working for the past three years, I haven't accumulated enough National Insurance contributions. This is because I was on a zero hour [...]

How to deal with the “So what do you do?” question when you’re not working

You don't realise until you stop working how much small talk revolves around what you do. You're at a party (yes you can have a mental illness and still go to parties, but that's for another post) and you strike up a conversation with someone and the inevitable questions begin. They want to get to [...]

Why I shouldn’t be labelled as brave for speaking about my mental illness

Since my diagnosis of Bipolar in 2012, I've been open about it. Family and friends knew what I was struggling with from the very beginning. I'm glad I took this approach, it's meant the people that are supportive and open minded have stayed in my life, and we have grown closer. People that couldn't handle [...]