Eating Yourself Well

Our diets can massively impact our mood and mental health. This is true for anyone, let alone people with mental illness. But diet seems to be low on the list of ways to get well. I’m not sure why this is, but I think it’s time I shared my experience of diet and health. I …

How to Look After People That Are Ill

I’m going to start this blog with a quick note on general illness. If someone you love is ill with the flu, tonsillitis, chickenpox for example. Make them cups of tea, bring them water, get medicine from the pharmacy, cook them food, keep the house quiet, ask them if they need anything, look after them. …

The Chill Pill Exercise

Listen to this five-minute audio where I talk you through the chill pill exercise: Living with a mood disorder or mental health issue is really difficult. You can feel on top of the world one minute and down on your luck another. It’s hard to know how to deal with such a wide range of …

It’s OK Not To Be OK

When you have mental health issues you feel ashamed of the illness and try to keep it to yourself. Our society doesn’t yet see mental health as a valid illness. There has been a shift over the last few years, but it’s still not far enough. So why did I feel ashamed of my illness? …

Take the drugs

Are you one of those people that hates taking tablets? I don’t mean physically swallowing them, I mean six hours of a headache and I’ll pop one paracetamol because I can’t actually see anymore. I am. Well, maybe I used to be. I’ve got better at looking after myself. Headache, give it a cup of …

Medication

Do you know what really gets my goat about mental people being represented in films… the glamorising of meds. Dear dear Bradley Cooper… I love you with all of my heart, and if you ever want to whisk me away to the Maldives, please feel free. BUT… and I love Silver Linings Playbook… meds aren’t …