SOCIAL MEDIA

Friday, 6 September 2019

Being suicidal




Did you the word suicide grab your attention? 'Suicide' is a word that intrigues us and yet makes us all a little uncomfortable. It's a topic that we want to skim over quickly or ignore completely. But with suicide rates rising at an alarming speed, we need to have conversations about it. We need to talk about suicide until it is no longer an uncomfortable topic, until you can say that you feel suicidal just like you can say that you found a lump in your breast. 

Sunday, 25 August 2019

Pulling the plug on social media



Social media is always put into question, especially when it comes to our mental health. Many say that it is detrimental to our mental wellbeing, but others say it's been a lifeline for them. I've been on both ends of the spectrum, and in July I decided that I have had enough of feeling shitty on social media. So, I pulled the plug, here is what happened.

Sunday, 3 March 2019

A mental health conversation with my dad



Often the conversations I have surrounding mental health are with other people who "get it", so I thought I would shake it up and so was born this series. A series where I will have a range of conversations about mental health with various people in my life. Previously I had a conversation with my mum which can be found here. In this post I have a conversation with my dad.

Saturday, 12 January 2019

A Mental Health Conversation with my Mum




Often the conversations I have surrounding mental health are with other people who "get it", so I thought let's shake it up and so was born this new series. In this series, I will have a range of conversations about mental health with various people in my life and what better way to kickstart this series than with my mum. Enjoy!


Sunday, 25 November 2018

I don't have much to say.



It's been a while since I've found the will to write but as the title says I don't have much to say, and that pretty much explains my absence. So this blog post may not have a point or a direction but instead, it'll be a bit of an explanation of the last month or so, consider it an update of sorts. 

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Student mental health - falling through the net


Student mental health is hot in the press. In 2015, 15,000 students disclosed a mental health condition, but despite the fact that students are encouraged to talk about their mental health, accessing help whilst a student is made incredibly difficult. With waiting lists incredibly long and only living on campus for 7 months of the year, accessing help is almost impossible, that's if you are even accepted. Here is my story.

Sunday, 23 September 2018

You are what you eat, a rant about social media



It has been a while now since I lost my spark. My motivation for everything dwindled until even my passion for blogging, my proudest achievement, slipped out of existence and I was left staring at a blank screen with nothing to say. Nothing to say, and it felt, no one to listen.

Sunday, 29 July 2018

The Little Moments



Trigger warning: suicidal thoughts

I am writing this on my 3 and a half hour journey home from Portsmouth after the #MHBlogAwards. Recently I have found myself lost in a fog of anxiety, self-harm, and suicidal thoughts. A scary place to be when it feels like the force of those thoughts get stronger and you may be fighting a losing battle. The majority of my days, whilst I function normally, are filled with constant worry and a brain that seems to constantly whisper that suicide is the answer. It is draining fighting the thoughts and pretending that everything is ok. Sometimes, however, I get little moments of rest bite. Days where talking isn't too difficult, where my brain has the space to think of other things, where I don't feel constantly on the edge of a panic attack and where my cheeks actually ache from smiling. 

Thursday, 12 July 2018

Mindful moments: Sound



I have decided to start a new mini blog post series called mindful moments. In the moments where I am most mindful, I find myself grateful for the simpler things. So I thought I would share these in a mini midweek blog post which will hopefully fall before your eyes every Thursday.

Sunday, 17 June 2018

2018 so far- mental health, living abroad, life update



I like to think that I am honest with you about my mental health and my life but I am not sure if I have been really as honest as I could have been these past 6 months, not only about the bad but also the good. So here is an honest chat about my life in that time, living abroad, mental health, family life, and travel. An all-round honest update. You may want a cuppa for this one because it'll be long.

Thursday, 7 June 2018

Relapse




Trigger warning, self harm. 

Since August I have been plunged into a relapse. Anxiety, emetophobia, depression and self-harm all coming to have a go at me. Holding me prisoner. 

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

13 Reasons Why




I know, another blog post on 13 reasons why. However, with the release of the second series I wanted to take the time to share my mixed bag of thoughts. There will be spoilers in this post as well as a trigger warning.


Sunday, 13 May 2018

Mental illness; the ugly truth



With Mental Health Awareness week beginning tomorrow, I wanted to do a mental health post depicting the ugly truths of living with these debilitating illnesses. Far too often in tv shows and movies, we see a romanticised version of what it's like to suffer from mental illness. So I wanted this post to be brutally honest, so it does come with a trigger warning. Living with a mental illness is horrible and as it is an invisible illness, those who don't suffer struggle to understand. So I took to Twitter and asked people to tell me what it is like living with their illness, here is their story, here is their ugly truth.  

Sunday, 6 May 2018

Death, an uncomfortable conversation

This isn't going to be the happiest of posts, as the title suggests so if you are finding yourself vulnerable I would suggest clicking away. This is a post that is pretty honest as no one talks about death, at least not the reality. EVER. So I want to talk about it.


With the second series of 13 Reasons Why set to be released on Netflix on the 18th of May, I decided to rewatch the first series. Then something hit me.

Saturday, 7 April 2018

Self Care for the days you feel like sh*t

Self care is all well and good when you feel you half like yourself. But some days going to run a bubble bath or trying to channel those negative feelings through art can seem like a waste of time and a huge mountain to climb. Some days I don't want to look after myrself because I feel like I don't deserve it and because what is the actual point?


 Welcome to the shittiest days. 

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Why is it Time to Talk?



1st of February marks an important day in the mental health world, Time to Talk. I wanted to explore why it is important to talk and the impact that a conversation can have. I was 16 when I had my first proper conversation about my mental health. I found my head of year at school, someone with whom I had created quite a bond and I shared that I was self harming. A secret that I had been carrying on my skin and heavily on my shoulders, was taken off me as I no longer needed to guard this secret so tightly. From that day on there were several conversations that saved me over the years. Some where in the form of emails, a Skype call or a face to face conversation. Each conversation was more important than words can describe. 

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

More than these scars

Trigger warning, this post discusses self harm and there are images of self harm scars, so if you feel you may be sensitive to this type of content please don't go any further. 

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Anxiety and Erasmus


Anxiety and Erasmus
Angela and Emily
Accident and Emergency

In August 2017 I began a journey as part of my degree; my year abroad. A year that is divided into two sections; the first half living in Grenoble, in the south of France by the Alpes and the second I will be moving to Bologna, Italy. 

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

A new year's letter to you




Dear you. 

The you who is ready to face the year head on and is raring to go. The you who is rolling into the new year indifferent. The you who looks at the 365 days ahead and wonders how you can possibly see the 1st of January 2019. This letter is for you.

Thursday, 9 November 2017

A look at the mental health community



For a little over a year I have been an active part of the mental health twitter community and wow have I seen some changes, and now I am at this weird cross road where I am not quite sure if I want to keep my place in that community. Let me explain.