SOCIAL MEDIA

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.
 

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Mental Health and Social Media

So I was scrolling through my Instagram feed and came across a post that related  to self-harm. This then sparked the question in me: is social media a good or bad development for mental health issues. So I did some research, typing in self harm (With a slight change to the spelling, as Instagram doesn't allow the hashtag self harm however to not trigger anyone I will not write the exact spelling I used.) into the search bar of Instagram and I was shocked at what I found. A whole community of people posting (at times) very graphic photos of their self harm. What shocked me most when I clicked onto one of the profiles was that it was the account of a 13 year old girl. Somebody who could be self harming for a number of reasons but choose to join the community that found itself online, gaining likes for her destructive behaviour.


Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Disney and Mental Health






We all grew up with Disney characters, be that with princesses Belle or Cinderella or with more modern stories such as Bolt or Finding Nemo. However, if we start to look behind these characters and their perfect worlds we can actually see a reflection of mental illness in them. So is their world really perfect? Or are they just like all of us, pretending everything is perfect when on the inside that isn't the case?

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

Decay



*Trigger Warning*

My arms are the first thing to go.
On comes the arguing, the digging, the accusations,
On comes the weighing, the fidgeting, the revealing Google searches.
On comes the constant questioning and the contrasted urging.


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.