I joined Time to Change as a Champion in March so I’ve only experienced attending and running events virtually! One of the first events I attended was a poetry slam run by Champions in Birmingham Hub. This was a monthly online event and, after joining initially as a guest, I was then asked if I would host it.
Some of the most unexpected conversations I’ve had about mental health have been the most powerful ones. In my experience, talking to an acquaintance, or even a stranger, can have a big impact on your mindset.
It’s always good to sometimes sit and think back to times when someone has helped you in whatever way. This could be if you’ve broken down and someone stops for you, or you need directions as you’re in a place unfamiliar.
I have obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and throughout my life, I have been subject to stigmatising attitudes and feelings of shame for having a mental health disorder. My OCD began around the age of 14 when I began to have irrational thoughts that I didn’t understand.