This is a blog with a dialogue concerning many things, but with mental health at the centre. The writer is originally from America but residing in the United Kingdom, and offers a unique perspective as one who has seen different sides of many stances in life, having faced many extreme and difficult circumstances herself.
It is written with the utmost respect and well-wishing for all readers, and with the hopes that somehow, somewhere along the way, a little bit of good can be injected into such a highly critical, volatile world.
This writer hopes to create something good out of the opportunities and challenges she has faced.
If you have anything to add, please do so bearing in mind that we are here to collectively lift one another up, not to tear each other down. Please be respectful and kind with your comments and understand that a lot of these subjects are not very easy to write about due to their personal nature.
The ultimate aim of this blog is to help the writer achieve her dream of being a published author of books that help people. See here.
Thank you for reading, sharing, commenting, and understanding.
Table of Contents:
Why I Chose to Speak Out: A summary of why I started this blog, giving an brief insight to most of the posts and who I am in general.
A Letter of Regret From Your Anxious and Depressed Friend: The post that got Freshly Pressed. A letter to ‘Friend’ from a person needing a bit of understanding.
The “Mental” Stigma: A story of encountering the stigma surrounding depression.
Being Grounded: An example of a panic attack from my perspective and what to do about them.
What PTSD Means to Me: Definition of PTSD, some examples, and a few examples of things you should not do when someone says they have PTSD.
My Conversation With the Un-Dead: A sort of interview with someone who attempted suicide and survived, gives insight into what compels some to commit this act and a bit of advice.
Keep Going (My Conversation With the Un-Dead Part 2): More of the interview mentioned above with some inspiration to keep going.
It’s Still Self-Harm: A type of self-harm no one ever talks about, surrounding body image and weight gain.
On Homesickness: My personal account of the grief that comes with being away from home.
Creativity and Mental Health: A reblog of some artwork by Lauren Hayley about mental health.
The Hurricane: A poem about anxiety, panic attacks, depression, and feeling stuck.
Project: Better Than This: A new project anyone can enter to help break down the stigma surrounding mental health issues. Details on page.
Dear Lucy (Letters from a Birth Mother): An introduction to the Dear Lucy letters with links to each letter in order at the bottom. Discussing adoption from the point of view of the birth mother, an on-going project which will also contain glimpses of my life up to this point.
The Bird and the Birdwatcher (A Cautionary Tale): Important read. A fable about domestic violence/grooming and how anyone can fall prey to it. Happy ending. Please, please, please read it.
The Accident (And How Money Changes Everything): About the accident my sister was involved in which claimed her life and how money played a part in her fate.
I Thought I Said “No”: This is about rape. And how not saying “yes” means the answer is not “yes.”
Finally He Claimed Me: A story about coming to terms with an absent/abusive father’s hurtful words and actions.
A Bittersweet Goodbye: A story about an extraordinary friend and a paranormal encounter.
Laughing and Milkshakes: A funny memory of my sister and I being silly at a restaurant, ending in disaster.
Dear Sarah: A letter to my late sister. I can’t describe it, but beware the tears.
Karmic Heebie-Jeebies: A funny story about children, lice, London, and karma.
The Hurricane: About anxiety, panic attacks, depression, and feeling stuck.
All in Time: About my relationship with love.
The Woman I Am: About accepting my imperfect body and loving all the pieces despite bullying endured in the past.
Being Poor: What it means to be poor with an opening piece written by me.
Josh Duggar and Josh Komisarjevsky: A Tale of Two Joshes: About abusers and the duality of mindsets about them
Long Row: Incredible story of wisdom about looking back on life.
Creativity and Mental Health: Some artistic representations of Mental Health conditions by Lauren Hayley.
Random Other Things:
Where I’m Going With This: A description of one of my goals and a request for help to get it done.
Don’t Set Up Camp There: A poster of a quote from Keep Going.
What is in Your Power: A poster of a quote from Keep Going.
And Now for a Laughing Baby to Brighten Your Day: Exactly what it says. Cute video.