Hope, Inspirational, Mental Health, Mental Health Treatment, Recovery

Individual Mental Health ‘recovery’ – what does it mean for us (including professional and our issues) & what do we do?

I’m writing this in attempt to give us who battle mental illness some hope. It stems from my insight over the years from coping with trauma, 3 suicide attempts, a diagnosis of Bipolar (type 1), ADHD and what to expect through understanding what’s what in the business of mental illness. This is a hugely relevant… Continue reading Individual Mental Health ‘recovery’ – what does it mean for us (including professional and our issues) & what do we do?

Bipolar, Mental Health, Suicide

Poem – Bipolar please leave us be

A poem I just wrote on my feelings of the effects of bipolar on my loved ones and my life. I don't see it as a blessing. It's devastating. Bipolar please set us free. Countless times I've rebuilt my life Bipolar please leave us be You creep back in unexpected, uninvited Battles for all to… Continue reading Poem – Bipolar please leave us be

ADHD, Bipolar, Grief, Hope, Mental Health, Mental Health Treatment, Recovery, Social Media, Suicide

TRIGGER: Suicide attempt at weekend and making sense of it.

To say I'm very disappointed is an absolute understatement. Devastated. I haven't tried to take my own life for a few years now and thought all was in control, however this weekend it all exploded and I ended up in A&E for emergency physical treatment. **** I have decided to take out the explicit content originally… Continue reading TRIGGER: Suicide attempt at weekend and making sense of it.

Hope, Mental Health, Mental Health Nursing, Mental Health Treatment, Recovery

Mental health treatment perspectives. From the medical model to recovery approaches and individual empowerment.

This topic interests me greatly from all of my perspectives - as service user, carer and nurse. One of our final modules at university was around mental health recovery. I thought I'd share my submission as you may find it thought provoking and it would be interesting to hear your views?  It's based on research I… Continue reading Mental health treatment perspectives. From the medical model to recovery approaches and individual empowerment.

Inspirational, Mental Health, Recovery, Suicide

Allie Brosh – On depression and life. Brilliant blogger and writer.

I just want to dedicate a blog post to the fabulous Allie Brosh. Her blog is here Many of you may have heard of her - she's pretty well known and funny as hell. The drawing in the featured image is hers and she draws like this throughout her content. If you ever want the best… Continue reading Allie Brosh – On depression and life. Brilliant blogger and writer.

Mental Health

Memories…. evoking strong feelings. Inspiration to continue nurse training…

I've been going through my keep sake box to find something and found 2 cards from my dear friend Amy (see last post - no longer with us). I hope not to bore anyone but I'm letting stuff out here - grief and memories and inspiration. So.... everyone encouraged me along the path of mental health nursing… Continue reading Memories…. evoking strong feelings. Inspiration to continue nurse training…

ADHD, Bipolar, Mental Health, Mental Health Treatment

Finally some ADHD treatment on the horizon 😀

What a day 😄 I've finally got the help I need - the missing puzzle piece that my GP and I have been fighting for. I was diagnosed with ADHD over a year ago by a well known private educational psychologist (specialist in ADHD), however she can only diagnose and not treat. So although I've… Continue reading Finally some ADHD treatment on the horizon 😀

Mental Health, Mental Health Treatment, Recovery, Suicide

Depression ‘advice’….

People with depression (or any mental illness for that matter) need to be heard. Whilst a variety of symptoms are collectively shared, people are individuals. How they experience depression is individual. Blanket advice will not, therefore, help everyone. At least not in the most severe cases. This is the most important thought to keep in… Continue reading Depression ‘advice’….

ADHD, Bipolar, Mental Health, Mental Health Nursing, Mental Health Treatment, Recovery, University

My journey through uni and a bloody bipolar diagnosis….

Well here I am now in 2017 aiming to pick up the blog that never was... oppsie! This is the thing I have trouble with a lot - starting things and not finishing them. Much has happened since I wrote my first post in 2013. At that time I was forced (by myself) to take… Continue reading My journey through uni and a bloody bipolar diagnosis….