As I turn 25 tomorrow, I decided to write a list of all the reasons I'm glad I stayed alive to see this birthday. This time last year, I was determined to not even see 24; the progress I've made in just under a year has been HUGE. This is a list of 50 things… Continue reading Reasons I am glad I stayed
This year I have woken up from the place where I was frozen - paralysed by my mind. The silence that was so loud in my head, now quiet. The sun is finally rising; I am no longer just watching as other people live their lives in colour I am finally feeling in colour, my… Continue reading The awakening
Our responses to mental health and mental illnesses are often filled with ignorance, shame, fear, and guilt. Whilst individuals suffer in profound pain, we suffocate them in stigma and discrimination, ostracising them and separating them from society. It is clear that upon close inspection of the nature of mental health and mental illness, debates about… Continue reading *Attempting* to fill the gaps
Our lives are literally dominated by social media, yet we may have conflicting feelings and views on it. Granted, there are a lot of cons to the use of social media and these definitely need to be acknowledged; social media platforms can be a very harmful place sometimes. But there are also some real perks… Continue reading Is social media important?
As we exist during this unprecedented time of worry, uncertainty, and loneliness, the days stretch into one another. I find myself sometimes randomly tearful and prickly, as panic and anxiety itches inside of me. Not knowing if life will ever go back to as we knew it makes me feel uneasy, the lack of control… Continue reading Fractured world, fractured self
The idea of change fills me with dread – like it does with most people. As human beings, we tend to become very comfortable with our lives and resist any changes happening – whether that be changes to our daily routines, or far bigger changes, like changing careers or relationships etc. As human beings, there… Continue reading Embracing change
The feeling that everything is going to get worse – that nothing is ever going to get better – I have learnt, is a symptom. It is not a fact. It is also a fact that suicidal is a mindset – not an event – that I live in every single day, that is more… Continue reading What would make it easier to stay?
I'm aware it's been quite a while since my last blog post. Life has been busy lately as I've been spending every possible spare second with the people I love as I am finally allowed to see them again. For the first time in what feels like forever, I feel like a 'normal' 24 year… Continue reading Stop the world, I want to get off
In our rapidly evolving, modern society, there is an emerging culture of questioning and challenging the prejudices that surround mental health. Important conversations are happening every day and are becoming more inclusive, yet the fact remains that some mental illnesses are considered to be ‘on trend’, more common, and therefore, more acceptable than others; unfortunately,… Continue reading Insights of mental illness, from the inside
One day, you wake up and you’re twenty-four, and you can’t remember what it feels like to be any younger, but you still cry to your mum after a bad day. One day you’re twenty-four and you can’t remember what it feels like to not have any bills to pay. One day you’re twenty-four and… Continue reading Twenty-four