Talking about mental health

Talking about mental illness helps fight stigma

When I was a teenager I had a painful hip condition, which had me wheelchair bound for a couple of years: no-one said that "I had surely had enough (physio)therapy by now", "was I sure that taking medication was the best option?", that "it would be better if I didn’t mention it", that I was a "drain on the health services". Yet, somehow, when you are suffering from mental illness such comments seem to come with the territory.

I've experienced stigma but I'm still open about my mental health problems

A-levels are hard for everyone. The challenge to “do well” is enough when you’re healthy, but when you suffer from severe mood swings and impulses, which leave you exhausted, irritable and sometimes incapacitated, it sets a whole new challenge. My bipolarity came to the surface at a bad time.

Recovery is hard, but now I'm able to talk about my mental health

People have asked me before, what is it like to live with a mental illness? I’ve been thinking about this question a lot recently.

Until a few months ago, I would have given the answer that I thought they wanted to hear, or I would have shrugged my shoulders and not really known what to say. I didn’t really know what it was like to live with a mental illness, because my mental illness was my life; it was all I really knew, and I couldn’t imagine life without it.

I was first diagnosed with an eating disorder at sixteen

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