Mental Health Awareness Week – How You Can Help

For many years society has belittled mental illness, making those who suffer from illnesses including depression and anxiety to feel that they are weak, not worthy and alone. According to a reports 1 in 4 people in the UK experience some sort of mental health issue each year. With the number of people who self harm or have suicidal thoughts has increased rapidly. This statistic shocked me. As someone who suffers with mental health issues I didn’t realise that so many people were affected by mental illness. Maybe I was being naive or ignorant, or maybe it’s because there is still a stigma when it comes to discussing and understanding mental illness, that many people feel embarrassed to talk about […]

My Return To Social Prescribing

Last year I’d written about my experiences with Social Prescribing a service that was offered to me by my GP after speaking to them about my issues with anxiety flaring up. I had a few sessions which I had written about (you can read it here). Sadly I began to feel that they weren’t helping and I ended up cancelling several appointment. I explained to the counsellor Selena how I was feeling, she was very understanding. After Christmas I received a message inviting me back for another session. At first I was apprehensive about it but ultimately I decided that I should give it another try. Why I Stopped For some reason I never actually spoke in depth about why […]

When Fear, Anxiety & Dread Take Over!

Here I am sitting on our sofa with what is probably 5 day old hair and clothes whose cleanliness is somewhat questionable. in a state of what I can only describe as anxiousness fuelled with dread and fear. It is the hardest thing to explain to someone what it feels like when these feelings take over every aspect of your life. Making you think the worst in people, situations and in yourself. After starting my Social Prescribing Sessions I felt I was going better I was learning to deal with my anxieties. I was getting out and doing things, not shutting myself away from the world. I went to Edinburgh during The Fringe which is notoriously busy, I went to […]

My First Social Prescribing Session

I mentioned in my "Lets Talk – Anxiety" post how I had been dealing with a particularly bad bout of anxiety which forced me to seek help from my GP which was a great experience so much so I wrote about it, which you can read here.  At the appointment I was offered a referral to see a counsellor to talk about my problems with mental health focusing mostly on my anxiety.  I didn't expect to get an appointment this quickly but on Monday 31st July I got a message to say there had been a cancellation and asked whether I could make an appointment on Wednesday morning.  Of course I said yes.  It wasn't until I got to the appointment […]