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.

Mental Health

Reality of suffering from #EUPD #Trauma #Stigma #BPD

This is my very dear friend Amy, diagnosed with what used to be referred to as borderline personality disorder and now relabelled as Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder (EUPD). I'm not keen on either of these terms due to the feeling that something is wrong with your personality, but that's another blog sometime...) Amy had help… Continue reading Reality of suffering from #EUPD #Trauma #Stigma #BPD

Mental Health, Mental Health Nursing, Mental Health Treatment

On being a Mental Health Nurse ❤️

Having a diagnosis of bipolar affective disorder and being a mental health nurse comes with challenges. Without bipolar it does anyway. I went into nursing because of my constant exposure to mental illness in my family, in me and some of my friends. I wanted, and want, to make a difference. To put my experience… Continue reading On being a Mental Health Nurse ❤️

Bipolar, Grief, Maternal deprivation, Mental Health

This child…..

This is a child living through trauma. You wouldn't have known. She smiled at everyone and wanted acceptance. This child's first overdose was at 18 months old. This child's mother had a mental illness and struggled and felt isolated. She didn't realise her daughter would take that first unexpected climb to the Ativan of hers… Continue reading This child…..

Grief

My old dog is dying

It's 3am as I start to write this and I cannot and do not want to sleep.  I just have to type and get it out.  Apologies if this post is boring.  It may serve to help me in the future to look back and definitely get stuff out of my head now. My old… Continue reading My old dog is dying

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’….