A few weeks ago, I was featured in a video for the Department of Transport about panic attacks on public transport. What are panic-attacks and what is it like to have one on a bus or train? How can members of the public help? It was really great to be given the chance to talk … More Overcoming travel anxiety
Panic attacks are horrible. They make you feel like the world is caving in all around you, and can leave you mentally, physically and emotionally exhausted. I’ve been coping with frequent panic attacks for about two years, and while I haven’t found a cure, I’ve definitely got better at dealing with them. Here’s some of … More Panic attacks: a survival guide
It’s Mental Health Awareness Week, and this year’s theme is “thriving not surviving”. I take this to mean that you deserve to be happy and healthy, in short to thrive. It’s ok to take your mental wellbeing seriously regardless of whether or not you have been officially diagnosed with a mental health problem. This is … More Early signs of depression I missed
Today is International Women’s Day, and I thought I’d to use the occasion to highlight women who are bringing about real change in the sphere of mental health. There are so many amazing mental health campaigners out there, and this is in no way an exhaustive list. Rather, these are 12 women who have stood … More 12 amazing women making a difference to the way we talk about mental health
Today is Time to Talk day! Time to Change want to use this day to get the nation talking about mental health. Conversations really do change lives, because although a simple chat won’t necessarily cure them someone’s mental health problems, talking about them will take a massive weight off anyone’s shoulders. Talking about my own … More Time to Talk Day!
Almost exactly a year ago, I decided to take two terms out of university to recover from a severe episode of depression. Suspending my studies was the one of the hardest things I’ve ever done, but for me it was definitely worth it. Here are some thoughts on my experience of intermitting and what’s changed in the 12 … More Taking a break from university to recover from depression: one year on
Note: I hoping to post this on New Year’s Day, but unfortunately 1st January was a reminder that mental illness doesn’t stop for bank holidays and special occasions. 2017 didn’t get off to a great start for me, but I’m trying to use this as a reminder that New Year’s Day is just a day, … More My goals for 2017!
The holidays can be great – parties, families and friends, food, and festive cheer. However (as I touched on in my last post), they can also be difficult and stressful, particularly if you have a mental health problem. Looking after yourself is so important. Established self care routines go out of the window at this … More 9 simple self care ideas to get you through the holiday season