Hello, and welcome to I’m NOT Disordered!
After waking up from a coma after a suicide attempt left me on life support in July 2012, I was sectioned under the 1983 Mental Health Act and admitted to a specialist psychiatric hospital for two and a half years. After almost a year in the hospital (in January 2013), I had a 1:1 session with my Key Nurse and we agreed that I would begin writing about the trauma I had experienced from 2006 to 2007. Making this agreement, I felt that it was a huge step forward and toward recovery and discharge from the hospital, and I wanted to document the journey, so I opened up my laptop and created this blog.
My hopes in blogging about my mental health and the trauma were that it would provide others with insight into something they may have previously had little to no knowledge of or which they have misunderstood. I initially intended to have the blog available to friends and family in publishing a Facebook post every time I blogged but somehow, word got out and I’m NOT Disordered’s popularity grew and grew to now standing at over three quarters of a million readers!
The popularity of my blog has meant that I’ve been offered a lot of opportunities and collaborations with well-known individuals, charities, and companies. I think some of my favourite pieces have been working with Cats Protection, Oliver Bonas, Cumbria, Northumberland and Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust, Northumbria Police, Disney +, the British Transport Police, and the Author, Kerry Daynes. But it has been a true honour to have worked with absolutely every single organization and person I have! Each collaboration has shed a light on a different topic, yet all have related back to mental health and illness, and the huge impact it can have on a person’s life.
I’m NOT Disordered’s achievements have also afforded me many media appearances which have included BBC News, ITV News, channel 4 Dispatches, BBC Radio Newcastle, The Chronicle newspaper, and Take A Break magazine! I was quite nervous on my first few interviews with the media, but then I focused on my purpose of raising awareness of mental illness, suicide, and trauma, and found a confidence I never knew existed.
I really hope that this blog can help at least one another person in the way that it has helped me.
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