World Mental Health Day
Thursday, 10 October 2019
Today is world Mental Health day. The focus this year is suicide prevention.
All over the world people are telling their stories of survival. Many of these stories are shared, bravely, in the hope of de-stigmatising suicidality and reaching out to people who are currently struggling with such feelings. This is vital work. For someone battling suicidal thoughts or feelings, hearing that story of…
Monday, 9 September 2019
A few years ago, when my Grandad was still alive, I went over to West London to take him and my granny out for a pub lunch- that was their ‘thing’ other than church. I really enjoyed getting to know my Grandad better towards the end of his life, learning about him and where the family come from. He was ill for a long time. I think he knew he was going to die before any of us could accept it. It was…
WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY 2019, 10th October
Friday, 23 August 2019
October 10th is World Mental Health Day. The focus this year is suicide prevention.
The World Health Organisation has stated that every year close to 800,000 people die by suicide, and many more attempt it. Every suicide is a tragedy. The affect on families, communities, and entire countries is something that never truly goes away.
We have to talk about it. Putting the voices of lived experience…
A Balancing Act
Sunday, 11 August 2019
A friend of mine described managing mental illness as ‘balancing on a high-wire’. She couldn’t be more right, in so many ways. Everything is a balancing act when you live with a mental illness. Push yourself, but don’t expect too much. Connect with others, whilst maintaining appropriate boundaries. It’s okay to ask for help, but not so much you become co-dependent. How many times am I allow to ask…
The ball's rolling (and I think we're okay about it).
Tuesday, 30 July 2019
Well, the ball’s rolling and I feel like my blood pressure is finally reducing back to a normal level- my body is acclimatising to crowdfunding!
Despite huge progress in my recovery and many accomplishments over the past couple of years (cue hair swish), managing my anxiety is still a 24/7 job. Every step in creating Vitality i’ve battled a punitive internal voice, interrupting my inspiration with…
Tuesday, 23 July 2019
Well... it's been a busy first few days!
I was out celebrating the launch of National Park City at Beckenham Place Park on Saturday, where Sadiq Khan was opening the swimming lake. So obviously I wiggled my way through the crowds to pass him a flyer and tell him all about the project! He couldn't have been nicer, he thanked me for letting him know and promised to check it out. I followed…