There are many assumptions that people make about bipolar disorder that are false. The number one I’ve encountered is that bipolar is just mood swings and either being happy or sad, yet it is so much more than that. Hearing people jokingly say, “I’m so bipolar!” sets my teeth on edge. It is in fact a complex, long term condition with sufferers all having different periods of depression, hypomania, mania and stability.
When Andrew was unwell, his line manager, Nathan, stepped in to help him. Nathan wasn't an expert when it came to mental health problems, but that didn't matter - it was enough for Andrew that he just listened and stood by him.
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Why are we so shy when it comes to reaching out? So many people will experience mental health problems, but a lot of us – especially men – still don’t consider mental health relevant to us. But we’ll all know someone with a mental health problem, even if they haven’t felt able to tell us yet.
It's all about people isn't it? Life that is. As we look back on our happiest memories for the most part it's the people that shared those moments with us that made them so special; it's people that add the colour and character to life's precious moments.
It's people that can make the biggest difference to us when life reveals its darker side, when we grieve and when we hurt. And it's the people that share with us our tears as well as our laughter that we hold dearest to us.