Mental Health Representation in Popular Culture

Does geek culture and media challenge the stigma of mental illness? Or does it perpetuate the myths prevalent throughout society? Many characters in the media are their mental illness. In many ways it defines them and moulds their personality and motivations. Many real sufferers struggle against this. I for one, never say 'I am Bipolar.' but instead, 'I have Bipolar.' People [...]

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 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 [...]

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 [...]

Novel Update: 1

It's been nearly two weeks now since I started work on my novel. I have been persistent and strict with myself, writing each day. Some days it might only be a couple of hundred words, but it is still progress. The word count is currently standing at 15,000. I'm trying not to get hung up [...]