My first depressive episode began at age 14 and lasted for three years. At this age, I knew nothing about mental health and I certainly wasn’t aware of mental illness. My depression was incredibly misunderstood: I lost friends, people got angry at me and I’ll never forget one teacher's words, “shouldn’t you be in a … Continue reading Mental Health Awareness Week: Why We Need to Change the Direction of ‘the Conversation’.
Brits are incredibly excited about life potentially going back to “normal” on June 21st. Many have taken to social media to share their plans, with one saying “So 21st of June is basically freshers week for the whole of the UK.” It’s the moment the nation has been waiting for for over a year. I, … Continue reading Anxious About the Easing of Lockdown? I Am Too.
Three of Instagram’s mental health activists — Jemimah Freeside (@jimmyfreeside_), Elise (@speakinguptoday) and Victoria Seymour (@_vickyseymour) — talked openly with me about the failings of mental healthcare. Being an online activist myself, it was an absolute pleasure to finally meet some of the people I’d been interacting digitally with. We arranged a socially distanced meet … Continue reading ‘Ultimately the Danger Is Death’: Britain’s Broken Mental Health System.
I spent all of my teen years on social media. Twitter and Facebook got in the way of my GCSE revision, and I experienced extreme cyber bullying on Formspring. Just when I thought I couldn’t get any more addicted, I made the bright decision to download Instagram, the most addictive of them all.Catching myself making … Continue reading Review Who You Follow on Social Media – for the Sake of Your Mental Health
It’s officially that time of year where many of us sit, reflect and think of an endless list of goals that we want to achieve in the new year. It got me thinking of how I’ve often made half-hearted goals, that sounded good, but I wasn’t in the right mindset to achieve them. It would … Continue reading Why I’m Not Making New Year’s Resolutions (and What I Do Instead!)
As I scroll down on Instagram, I see a vast array of posts by the privileged captioned with, “We are all in the same boat. Stay positive. We will get through.” The reality being that while we are in the same storm, our boats are far from the same and sadly, some of us are … Continue reading The Pandemic Has Put Us All in Very Different Boats – Here’s Why.
If there is anything I have learnt in 2020, it is that feelings of happiness can coincide with depression.On the night before I left off for Australia, I’d cried so much that my eyes were left swollen. I slept around 12 hours a day during the first five weeks of the year, only leaving the … Continue reading Depression Shouldn’t Be Confused with Unhappiness.