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Richard Hilson’s wind of change

Richard Hilson wearing captain's hat

Facing his fear of the open ocean to raise awareness of the Time to Change campaign.

A wind of change has breezed into my life – or should I say a hurricane. I've decided to take a short career break to take on a rather epic challenge.

An experience of bipolar – all or nothing

I’m going to write a  series of blogs focusing on the  "taboo" behaviours associated with differing mental health disorders. No matter whether the behavior is public or private it helps to talk. My main aim is to get things out in the open so people do not have to feel alone and experience guilt, shame and self-loathing during or after an episode of being unwell. Make no mistake these behaviours, if left in denial, can destroy lives.

Two poems about my experience of mental health

Mental illness has affected me terribly for most of my life, and it is only recently over the last few years that I have really been able to begin to reclaim my life and start truly living again.

Over the years I have been through numerous counselling sessions, tried different medications and attempted countless self help techniques to try and overcome my struggles with the several different mental illnesses I have been affected by, including Depression, General Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Social Phobia and Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD).

"Individual Liberty" - a breakthrough, not a breakdown.

To introduce myself, my name is Alex Roberts I am an artist, who lives and works in London. I work predominantly with paint, but explore other media such as film and installation too. I'm also a supporter of the Time to Change campaign.

Every week should be anti-bullying week!

“People, don't you understand,
The child needs a helping hand?
Or he'll grow to be an angry young man someday.
Take a look at you and me,
Are we too blind to see?
Do we simply turn our heads
And look the other way?”