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My Experience Of Mental Illness And The Mental Health System

Note: I originally wrote this blog earlier this year for The Huffington Post. Unfortunately it wasn't approved and published, perhaps because of the somewhat sensitive content contained within. Trigger warning: This article contains descriptions of self-harm and suicide. The term “mental health” is bandied about a lot these days. It’s almost as if it’s become… Continue reading My Experience Of Mental Illness And The Mental Health System

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Things that make me happy

Being all warm and cosy inside in the winter when the rain is lashing down outside. Late afternoon walks in the countryside in autumn time. Chilling in a sun lounger on the patio with a good book and a bottle of cider on a hot day. Driving in the countryside during the autumn when all… Continue reading Things that make me happy

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Self harm, suicidal thoughts and libraries

I've not had the greatest few hours if truth be told. I guess I feel a bit like I've hit a mental brick wall and the only tools that I've been given in order to try and break through that wall are a feather and one of those wooden chip forks you get from the… Continue reading Self harm, suicidal thoughts and libraries

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Wishing I could fit in

In the 38 years that I've been living on this beautiful but becoming increasingly fucked up planet I can only think of one occasion where I've really felt like I've fitted in with everyone else. A time where I felt like I was Mr Popular and I was the one person that everybody wanted to… Continue reading Wishing I could fit in

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Debunking the misconceptions

With Mental Health Awareness Week drawing to a close in the UK I thought I would round off this week of blogging by putting to rights some of the most common misconceptions that surround those who suffer with depression and other mental illnesses. 1. We are just feeling sad or sorry for ourselves So this… Continue reading Debunking the misconceptions

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The first time I considered taking my own life

When I think back and try to work out why I've ended up suffering with the illness that I do - and how, at the ripe old age of 38 I've ended up signed off  from work long-term and dosed up on a cocktail of anti-depressants and anti-psychotics just to keep me unscathed and alive… Continue reading The first time I considered taking my own life