I’m Writing A Book!

I’m Writing A Book!

  Yep, the secret is out! I've been offered a publishing contract with Jessica Kingsley Publishers to write a book about bipolar disorder. The book is going to be a practical guide to bipolar disorder. I'll offer tips and advice on how to navigate daily life and how to manage symptoms. All of this will [...]

Bipolar and Credit Cards, Loans and Debt

Bipolar and Credit Cards, Loans and Debt

Mania for me always leads to overspending. I'll spend an exorbitant amount of money on useless, meaningless stuff. Shoes, bags, clothes, collectible toys, lego figurines (yes, really), games consoles, hotel rooms - I could go on and on. I'm not a materialistic person by nature, but with mania I just can't help myself. It's an [...]

The ‘Mental Health Conversation’ Is Not Boring – And Still Relevant

The ‘Mental Health Conversation’ Is Not Boring – And Still Relevant

I've seen a shift recently in how people view advocacy and raising awareness around mental health and mental illness. To some it's now 'boring' or no longer necessary or needed. I think they're wrong. It should be obvious to anyone in the UK that mental health services are underfunded. Waiting times are atrociously long and [...]

To My Online World, And How You’ve Helped Me Grow

To My Online World, And How You’ve Helped Me Grow

  TW: Suicidal ideation The period between 2003 - 2013 was a whirlwind of changes for me. The catalyst for these changes came from my online world. A place that held me safely in it’s hands. It was a place without judgement and a community full of compassionate individuals. I could feel the warmth and [...]

We Shouldn’t make Exceptions For Family When Talking About Mental Health

We Shouldn’t make Exceptions For Family When Talking About Mental Health

Family members shouldn't be given a free pass when they make stigmatising comments about mental illness. There's always one isn't there? Sometimes there's two or more. I'm talking about family and that person who makes inappropriate statements. It can be super awkward when you live with a mental illness and that individual starts saying something [...]

Mental Illness Is Complicated and Some People Just Don’t Get It

Mental Illness Is Complicated and Some People Just Don’t Get It

I've been really struggling this year... I've been out to gigs with friends. I've had nights out dancing and joking. I've caught up with friends over coffee. I can still have a social life and *shock* have a good time even when I'm having a bad time with mental illness. I've written about having a [...]

We Need To Stop Using Mental Illness To Negatively Describe People

"They're mental" "So bipolar" "What a psycho" "That's crazy/insane" Lets be honest here; It's lazy and ignorant to use a mental illness to negatively describe someone. They're a myriad of words you can use to describe a situation, or person. It doesn't have to have anything to do with mental illness. What do you mean [...]

Unexpected Stigma

I have been very lucky with the care I've received from medical professionals in the past few years since my diagnosis of bipolar and psychosis. The two psychiatrists who've been charged with my care have been understanding and respectful. All good news. That is, until this week. I have a new psychiatrist. My first appointment [...]