One adult in six has a common mental disorder.
Suicide is the most common cause of death for men aged 20-49 years in England and Wales.
One person in fifteen has made a suicide attempt at some point in their life.
It’s time for everyone to join the journey towards greater awareness of Mental Health.
On the eve of my 20th birthday on May 30th 2014, I finally burst. All of the problems that had been causing me so much distress were now out in the open. I had been aware of my overwhelming emotions for at least two years, but I did the worst possible thing: I just bottled them up and pretended they weren’t there.
Imagine a balloon being consistently filled with air; eventually the balloon is going to burst. And that’s exactly what happened.
What followed was nine months of weekly therapy sessions where I opened up to a professional bit by bit and I learned how to live a happy life. The confidence this gave me fuelled me to do something I had dreamed of for a very long time and set sail on a three-month trip around the world. I stopped in Dubai, Australia, New Zealand and the USA before arriving home on May 27th 2015.
Three days later marked one year since I finally burst. My life changed a lot that year. And thanks to everything I learned in those twelve months, it has changed a lot since.
What to expect from this blog?
During my weekly therapy sessions, I told my therapist of my passion for writing and storytelling. She encouraged me to write about my mental health, which is something I found very helpful with the entire process.
The confidence to start writing was something I carried with me on my travels when I produced a travel blog to document all that I got up to. Now, I want to use this passion to create a place that people can turn to and build their awareness for Mental Health.
Everyone has a mental health, just as they do a physical health. You may not have personally suffered with a mental health disorder, but it doesn’t mean that you are immune. I believe that, with a greater awareness of mental health, we can all learn how to deal with them in the correct way.