My mental illness has affected my life in so many ways; I have both lost and gained friends since being diagnosed, it affects my working life every single day as I get tired easily - I can be consumed by bleak and dark feelings and can be very anxious around my colleagues but I have to keep it together and keep going but having a job gives me focus, it would just be so much easier without my mental illnesses.
My greatest source of support has been my husband who has stood by me through the tears, the distress, the counselling, the therapy and who has also made me feel special, has given me the love and support I never experienced before.
My hope for the future is that mental health will lose its stigma in all places, that funding and resources greatly increase for the mental health sector, that everyone from GPs to work colleagues can become more educated and informed, and for more compassion for people with mental illnesses.
I'm taking 5 on Time to Talk Day because there is still so much stigma and judgment out there; the more we talk about mental health and mental illness then the more accepted it will be, people can be informed from those living with mental illnesses every single day - anyone can experience a mental illness - it doesn't discriminate and neither should we against anyone who is mentally ill.
This blog is part of the Time to Talk Day 2015 #Take5ToBlog initiative.