mental health stigma
It's time for families to start talking about it.
Quite simply, we need to find a way to let everyone get the help they require
This is a story about the feelings I had while reading Dodie's Secret for the Mad. But it's also about how blogging, and writing about your mental health can help you process.
10am on the 13th December 2012 was a life changing moment; I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. My initial response was of anger; that it had taken until I was twenty seven to finally have a diagnosis.
Followers would constantly ask me how I got to be so comfortable in my own skin. Which of course, to an extent, I am. But what they wouldn't see, beyond the posts and the hashtags, were my anxiety attacks. The physical pain that the thought of leaving my bedroom would bring.
Tuesday 10th October was a big day for a few reasons. Three reasons actually, but they do say three is the magic number. First of all, it was my lovely Mum's birthday. She does read these posts, so I won't write how old she is out of fear. I had some flowers and a personalised Moonpig card delivered to surprise her, and beat out my younger brother as best child.
It is unacceptable that there are still countries of the Commonwealth not doing enough to protect the rights of people with mental disorders.
In this vlog for HuffPost UK, James talks about his struggles with his own mental health, and how he they inspired him to found Sanctus to make a difference and broaden acceptance of mental health issues, and why we should take our mental health as seriously as our physical health.
Many times, I've read articles saying it's time to talk, mental health is important and every other recycled term relating to mental health. Honestly, every time I've agreed with them, we do need to talk, mental health IS important and every recycled term surrounding mental health stands.
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More people coming forward will compel GPs to have the training they ought to, and will hopefully force commissioners to fund services to support people before they become critically unwell and their lives are put at risk. In the mean time, society may have to pick up the pieces for the lack of support available, but this shouldn't be the case.