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 […]

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 […]

Depression Fucking Sucks 

I wrote this on my personal Facebook page. I wanted friends and family to know what’s going on with me or others who suffer depression. I feel that I need to share it to a wider audience that depression fucking sucks. Some folks might not want to hear or read about mental health but it is a fact that it exists and is sucks. We need to speak more openly about it without fear of being judge or told to cheer up or buck up. If it were that easy there wouldn’t be so many people suffering mental health issues. Some people don’t understand that even though you have a wonderful family you get depressed, you can’t explain why your […]