Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Barely Breathing

Hey my names Alex. I'm 16 years old and I live in the UK. When I was around the age of 12 I realised I wasn't like everyone else...

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

A Stronger Person

My story begins at age 4, with my parents divorce. After years of split custody my mum remarried, had another child and I moved to live with her. Things turned sour as my mother struggled with bringing up myself and my little brother. She developed issues with alcohol and her mental health declined. I turned to comfort eating to deal with this and by the age of 13 I had ballooned to 17 stone.

Monday, 14 September 2015

The Two Sides Of Me


Where do I start.... I ask myself this question because my life has been one of ups and downs and twists and turns. I wish it was one on a straight path with a clear purpose and sense of direction but it’s been all the contrary. It’s been a life with goals that appear to be clear but fuzz up and fade as the days and months pass and my mood swings from mania to depression. Yup! I’m bipolar.

Sunday, 13 September 2015

Men and Mental Health

I was scrolling through my Facebook earlier and found this. I realised that this would make an important post. There is a stigma against mental health in general. However, men seem to completely shut down when it comes to mental health. In my suicide prevention week post there was a fact that shocked me: the majority of men who kill themselves are between the age of 40 and 50. These are not teenage boys who have high levels of testosterone and who are struggling with school or just fitting into the world. These are men who have families and jobs and are suffering from mental illnesses but can't talk about it.