Sunday, 25 February 2018

WHY MY SHOULDER INJURY HAS AFFECTED MY MENTAL HEALTH



I’ve been meaning to write this post for quite a while now – well, since I first injured my shoulder which was September or October 2017! But I knew that writing it, thinking about what I need to write, could upset me so I knew I either needed to be sleepy and able to write this and go straight to sleep to avoid the aftermath, or needed to be really happy so that it might not even make a dent in my mood. Turns out, tonight, I’ve got the best of both worlds…

I think I wrote about the event that I dislocated it at actually… It was with my community support providers; Richmond Fellowship and by some strange reason, I was co-chairing their entire event!

A few months before that, in the June, I broke my collarbone whilst play fighting with a family member and didn’t realise that this meant my shoulder was still quite fragile. I don’t think I even turned that much when I heard a ‘pop!’ and felt my eyes tear up as I quickly excused myself from the event and ran to the toilets – the pain was so incredible that I actually felt sick with it.

Friday, 23 February 2018

WEEK SIX | 52 LISTS FOR HAPPINESS | OLIVER BONAS | AD



You can buy this book here

(Apologies for the delay in publishing this post!)

Every week, for 2018 there will be post of what I’ve done in the book each week. And the sixth list?

List the things (from your past and present) that feel like blockades in the way of happiness:

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

I'M NOT DISORDERED JOINS TEAM OB | OLIVER BONAS | AD


“I haven’t got a chance in getting this collaboration, but I figured that I’d try anyway”
“It’s like I always tell you; shy bairns get nowt!”


I had this conversation with my Mum not long after emailing the PR team at Oliver Bonas. After a few tweets with their Twitter team I finally got the email address for the team I needed to contact, to approach them with a collaboration idea.

A mental health blog probably seems a long way from a fashion blog but there can be more links than you’d think. Especially where the author of the blog is interested in, and passionate about; fashion.

I took Textiles at GCSE level and in ever project, and for every assignment I tried to incorporate clothing pieces as opposed to purely focusing on prints and researching artists specialising in multi-media. Admittedly, I’ve never been a trend setter; I prefer to follow them but my passion for fashion has me customising trends to flatter my body shape. I like how confident clothes and accessories can make you; if I wear a good outfit it doesn’t matter how I’m feeling on the inside, I’m smiling on the outside and strutting my stuff down to the corner shop! I like how happy fashion makes me – you should see my face when I find an amazing new Valentino bag in TK Maxx!

Monday, 19 February 2018

9 STIGMATISED COMMENTS I'VE HEARD



One

“If you actually wanted to commit suicide you’d go into the woods in the middle of the night and get it over with quickly and quietly”

This was said to me by a police officer. She was taking me from where I’d been found – after being reported missing, on the beach to A&E after I admitted that I’d taken an overdose. To say something like that to a person in a mental health crisis is so dangerous. In that moment, when she said it to me; I just thought ‘thanks for the tip. I’ll do that next time.’

Sunday, 18 February 2018

THREE SONGS THAT I LIVE BY





Music is, in my opinion, one of the most powerful, influential, and incredible things in life. It can influence your mental state in the most obvious of ways; you could be feeling really sad and listen to an upbeat, motivational song and it has you up, out of bed, and smiling. Dancing, even! Or you could be dancing and singing loudly in the shower when a sad, moving, song jumps into your Spotify playlist and all of a sudden, you’re remembering a difficult time in your life when all of these heart-breaking lyrics applied to it.