SOCIAL MEDIA

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.