Hello and welcome to my little corner of the internet where I discuss all things mental health related. I hope you stay a while and enjoy what you find here. Let me tell you a bit about what is going on here so you know what to expect.
What is this blog about?
I have set this website up so that I could talk about all things related to mental health and wellbeing in a way which is accessible to everyone. I also want to continue to expand and deepen my own knowledge, whilst also putting what I learn into practice. It can sometimes get confusing trying to get your head around all of the specialised language and ideas which are in use within the field of mental health, so I wanted to help clear things up.
Despite an increase of awareness, there is still a lot of misunderstanding and stigma around talking about mental health issues. This is something that needs to change. Cancer previously was a big taboo, but it has since become more freely discussed. I think that mental health should also become an easier topic of conversation. People can avoid seeking support either through shame or fear, and this just isn’t good enough. We need to set the example that it is ok to talk about MH and work to make the world a better place.
What exactly will I talk about?
As I’ve said, I want to discuss all things mental health, but what exactly will that include? I hope to write about;
- My own experiences (both as someone who works in mental health, and as someone who lives with anxiety and depression.
- Other peoples’ experiences (friends, family, colleagues, etc) – with their consent and input of course. I also would like to invite them to write their own pieces to tell their story in their own words.
- Theories around mental health and psychology.
- Self-help resources, tips & tricks.
- Places to turn to for further advice and support – such as helplines, websites, charities, organisations, etc.
- My goals and plans for the future.
- Books I have read, and my reviews of them.
- Other articles relating to general lifestyle topics which I have found helpful to me, to provide ideas and inspiration.
What makes me right to talk about mental health?
You may be wondering what qualifies me to talk about mental health and psychology. I recognise how broad and overwhelming the topic can be from the outside. Consequently, the reason I feel able to talk about these topics is due to my own experiences which I outline below.
What mental health experiences do I have?
My own experiences
Towards the end of secondary school I began to experience feelings of depression and anxiety which I tried to manage myself. This continued into college which gradually built up until I sought medical help. These issues have recurred over the years, and I will talk about them more in their own posts.
I have also seen the impact of MH issues on loved ones, and we supported each other through these issues. This helped us to get a better understanding of each other, and the issues we faced.
After university, I trained as a counsellor and completed a placement within a local hospice. I have provided support to patients of the hospice, as well as their family and friends. I have worked with clients as young as 7, up to clients in their 80s. My work here covered topics such as bereavement, medical issues, life-limiting conditions, anger, and relationship problems.
I have also completed training in stress management and holistic life coaching through the UK College of Holistic Training.
In my work, I am a support worker for people with Autism, Learning Disabilities, and mental health issues. This has helped me greatly in expanding my knowledge and skills. I love my job and it allows me to put everything I have learned into practice. It is such a fulfilling job to know I am helping to make a difference to other peoples’ lives.
Whilst I value my own life experiences and the training I have undertaken, I am by no means an expert and I am not a medical doctor, psychiatrist, or psychologist (which are in fact different things). Although I am someone who has experienced certain aspects of mental ill health, either myself or through those I support, I have not seen the full spectrum of mental health issues, and the understanding of psychology and mental health is continually developing and changing. As such, I don’t think it is possible for anyone to ever be the definitive authority on such a field. There is always something more to learn, discover, or understand.
This is part of what makes the field of mental health so interesting. It is dynamic and unique to each individual. What this does mean, however, is that what works for one person may not work for another. Any tips and advice I share are only what I have found to be useful. If they work for you, then that’s great. However, you may need to find your own coping mechanisms and tools to support your mental health. I would love to hear about them too though, as by sharing we can expand our knowledge and mental health toolkit.
I do not provide advice or support to individuals beyond what I do within my current role. However, I am happy to hear your ideas for topics for future posts. I would also be happy to consider working with brands and organisations who produce products to support the mental health field, and those suffering from mental ill health. So feel free to contact me with any enquiries at: