SOCIAL MEDIA

Thursday, 3 August 2017

I wrote a book! - More than just a promotion post



I wrote and illustrated a book! A poetry ebook but still a book! A book all bout mental illness, living in a 21st century society with also an honest account of the ups and downs of life that we are all sure to face and more! I want to take the time in this post to explain a little about my journey to this moment and of course to give you a sample of the book. 

Friday, 21 July 2017

What if there was no tomorrow?


This post contains spoilers for the Netflix Original film Before I Fall and comes with a trigger warning as I will be touching upon the topic of suicide. 

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Self Love


Self love and self care are two concepts that I am really trying to embrace in my life as I think that they are incredibly vital in allowing us to be the best versions of ourselves. This post is actually the first tag post that I have chosen to do and it is for the very specific reason that it is a subject that I believe is important. So here are the tag questions and my answers: 

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Education: the root of everything


The Mental Health blogging world is a beautifully comfortable place. A place that I have effectively lived in for the past 9 months and l guess, like a baby, you could say that I have been birthed into a new place which I didn't quite realise was so closed minded. Now I find myself wanting to crawl back into the sheltered place of the blogging community. What am I on about you ask. 


Saturday, 3 June 2017

Switch Off


We live in a society that is constantly plugged in and it is incredibly hard to switch off. Our self worth is judged on likes on a picture and the amount of followers we have. Our lives are controlled by this small device which constantly finds itself in our palms. However, it wasn't until I began to get calculating that I realised something shocking. If you spend one hour a day on your phone (which is probably the minimum amount of time that anyone uses their phone for), by the end of the year that is 365 hours spent checking a phone. Divide this number by the amount of hours in a day, 24, and you get 15.2. This is how many days of your life are wasted if you spend an hour a day on your phone, half a month. Imagine all the things that you could do in that time. For starters that is the length of a very nice holiday. 

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Dear Body


Dear Body,

I've already spent 2 decades with you and yet only now am I realising you are the most important thing I own. You are my tool to success and without  you all else fails. But I haven't treated you with the respect you deserve. Since childhood I have been running around and falling. Small scars remain proof of the school playground were my high pitch squeal would fill the air and a huge smile upon my face.

Monday, 1 May 2017

Knife crime: Children to hidden blades


This blog post differs greatly from my previous ones and at first I thought I would have to justify my reasoning for posting this on a mental health blog. However, I came to the conclusion that it is an important topic that needs to be touched upon and that is all the justification needed. 

*This is a post which has undergone a lot of research and all of the links used for research can be found at the end of the post.*

Knife crime is growing and these days BBC news flashes up with another knife crime death in London and whilst we sigh with a brief moment of sadness for the victim we very quickly move on with our lives. That's because London stabbings are becoming a more frequent occurrence (I speak of London as that is the city that I hear most of due to my location in the UK. However, the knife crime capital is actually Cleveland in the North East of the UK). According to the Met Police knife crime has seen an increase of 24% and unless you haven't been checking the news recently, you will know that between April 22nd and April 28th of this year 6 deaths by knife occurred, one of which was believed to be gang related. It is important to pause here for a second as when thinking about knife crime the first thing that springs to mind is that these people must be a part of a gang. However, only one of last weeks stabbings was gang related meaning that the other 5 were just people who were carrying knifes on them. A scary concept as you can never know who is carrying one.

Saturday, 1 April 2017

10 quotes I think everyone should live by

If you follow my Instagram or take part in my twitter chats (#MHChatHour) then you will know that I absolutely love quotes. Pintrest is the place to be for quotes and so I thought I would share some of my favourite quotes with you and why I think you should live by these quotes. These quotes aren't all linked to mental health and recovery as they are quotes that everyone and anyone can live by.

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

"What I want you to know about self harm"


*Trigger warning: Self harm*

Today is Self Injury awareness day. Unfortunately self harm is still hugely misunderstood and there are a lot of misconceptions surrounding it. However, instead of telling you these misconceptions I asked people to share what it is they wished you knew about self harm:

Sunday, 26 February 2017

The stigma that surrounds mental health


Whenever someone begins to talk about mental health people squirm with embarrassment, and a feeling of general discomfort, but why is that? Everyone has mental health, good or bad, yet as a society we do not like to recognise it. However, if someone has a sprained ankle, a cold, or any other physical symptom, it is deemed socially acceptable to talk about and to feel sympathy towards that person. But why is it that it is okay to discuss physical health but not mental health?


Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Why I Blog About Mental Health


Whenever someone finds out that I am a blogger, there are two questions which always follow; what do you blog about? Why do you blog about mental health? 

I am fortunate enough that I am a woman in the 21st century and that I have a voice. Far too many people forget about this privilege and do not use it, or use it for the wrong reasons. I want to use this privilege to educate people, to comfort people and to grow as a person. I use this voice to have conversations surrounding mental health, to openly talk in schools about mental health and to create an online conversation about the honest truth about mental illness.


Sunday, 22 January 2017

12 reasons to choose recovery



Recovery is a journey that we all have to take at various points in our lives. Recovery from a drunken night out, from an injury or from mental illness, just to name a few. However, recovery from mental illness is more about learning to live with the thoughts and feelings but not letting them take hold of your life rather than being cured from them. 
Recovery is not linear, instead it looks more like a squiggly line drawn by a 3 year old. It is full of ups and downs and sharp turns in unexpected directions. It is a long process but is 100% worth all the hard work that goes in. Sometimes I found that I questioned the point in recovery so I thought that in this post I would list 12 reasons why recovery is worth it. 

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Hello 20



Wow, hi there 20 and goodbye 19. 

 I can't believe my teenage years are over and what a set of years they have been. It certainly was action packed and full of drama, enough to make a successful TV soap. Never is there a boring moment in my life.  Humour aside, it has been a journey, a rather difficult one at that. At times I had planned my whole life out (life never sticks to the plan though) and at others I wasn't even sure I wanted to reach 18. Yet here I am at 20 and I look back on it all rather stunned. Sometimes I look at everything that has happened and smile to myself thinking "you're flipping strong girlie" because I am. Whilst I am more than happy to leave my teenage years for the shizza that has happened I will also miss them. Hitting 20 means that life gets serious from now. It means having to get a full time job once my degree is finished, settling down at some point and having to master the art of adulting (a skill which i'm not great at yet).

Friday, 16 December 2016

What I learnt in 2016


2016 has been a strange year, it's been one of those years that I have watched so many horrible things happen to the people I love and to the world, yet personally, this year has overall been a good one. Of course I was challenged (A LOT) but I have also grown a lot, learnt a lot and had some amazing opportunities. So I want to take the time to talk through the things that I have learnt within the last 365 days that are 2016.


Tuesday, 15 November 2016

#AntiBullyingWeek


This week  marks anti bullying week, so I thought that it is important that I take the time to blog about it. Over 25,700 children and young people spoke to Childline last year regarding bullying. (NSPCC) Already this number is absolutely shocking but there are also so many children and young people who don't speak. Unfortunately, bullying is no longer something that just happens in a playground, but a rising amount of bullying now happens behind screens. Suicide is the third leading cause of death in young people, with victims of bullying being 9 times more likely to take their own lives. The link between suicide and bullying is scary, if only we could tackle bullying and save these lives. So I want to take the time today to share my bullying story with you.

Friday, 14 October 2016

Life as an Emet Sufferer




Emetophobia is something that I have only recently been diagnosed with, before the diagnosis i thought i was the only person to feel this degree of fear towards vomit. No one likes to be sick and i think this is where it becomes hard for people to understand emetophobia. It is an anxiety condition that if not controlled can take over your life. I was fortunate enough, however in quite a lot of people it can trigger OCD and even eating disorders. I wanted to take the time today to explain what life as an emet sufferer is like, because the day to day difficulty is often over looked and even mocked. 
So i want to let you in on a bad emet day.

Thursday, 1 September 2016

Anxiety In All Its Glory



When reading about anxiety we all told the same things; the heart palpitations, sweating and the difficulty concentrating but I thought in this post I would explain the side effects that I have experienced through my battle with generalised anxiety that are not discussed all that often.

Monday, 29 August 2016

An open letter to my 16 year old Self


To my 16 year old self,

How are you? Stupid question right? I know things suck right now but I'm you,we are approaching 20 years old and we are happy, an emotion that you rarely feel at this point in time but trust me, you will feel it again. When I think back to you I realise how much I have learnt and thought I would write you a letter of hope. 

Sunday, 14 August 2016

Taking Mental Health Days


More and more we hear about "Mental health days" but what exactly does this mean?
A mental health day is a day where you give yourself a break, you give your brain and body a break from all the stresses that life throws at you and you do things that make you happy. Mental health days are typically days taken off from work or school in order to recuperate.


Sunday, 24 July 2016

Dealing With Triggers


Whilst in recovery you will find yourself having to deal with your triggers. I have always known what triggers my anxiety and over the years I have learned to deal with it and until the other night I would have 100% said that I am currently living a nice anxiety free life and have not needed to worry about any triggers for a while.