This is not something I necessarily wanted to share publicly, and I feel quite vulnerable talking about it. But given it is World Mental Health Day and even the Royals are trying to help fight the stigma of mental illness, I thought it was time to share my story.
There have been numerous ‘signs’ recently that made me think it was time share. I also feel I can no longer present an authentic version of myself if I don’t share where I am coming from.
In order to tell me story I filmed a video explaining what happened. It was incredibly difficult and upsetting to make so I hope you can watch and read this with kindness.
If you are going through any kind of mental illness right now please know that you are not alone, that you do not need to be ashamed and that it is legitimate an illness as any physical illness.
Useful links and resources
- MIND – mental health charity
- Time To Change – working to end the stigma of mental illness
- SANE – mental health charity
- Rethink – help and advice for people with mental illness
- Young Minds – information and advice for concerns about a child or young person
- Together – charity helping people with mental illnesses live independent lives
- Citizens Advice – confidential advice to help people with legal, money or consumer problems
- Childline – free helpline for children in trouble or danger
- Nightline – helpline for students by students
- Relate – relationship counselling for couples and families
- Counselling Directory – listings for trained therapists
- Carers UK – advice and support for carers