Today is the last day of Mental Health Awareness Week here in the UK and I just wanted to have a little chat. If you've been following for a while you might know I have been physically very unwell for 18 months and suffered chronic conditions for years before that. People are ok with hearing about physical illness but what they aren't so happy to hear about are mental health issues.
I have suffered with mental illness in one form or another since I was a young child. I was first diagnosed with PTSD at the age of 9 and various diagnosis came thick and fast after that. I was always told to keep my mouth shut about my illnesses, to not bother people with them, to never mention them. I hid them away and as a result they became worse. As I got older I started to discuss my mental health with friends and soon got to realising many of them had similar issues or knew someone who had been through something similar at some point in their lives. Talking helps. I always thought that was bullshit but really, talking helps enormously.
My mental health has been at a real low point for the last 4-6 months and at times I have been close to the edge. Bizarrely Instagram has helped, it has allowed me to detach from my brain for a bit, even if just for 2 minute bursts here or there. In the past I would have been ashamed to admit I live with mental illness but over the years I've learnt that this kind of illness is as valid as my other conditions and society needs to learn that lesson too.
The Mental Health Foundation conducted a survey recently, which revealed two thirds of the British population had suffered with a mental health condition at some point in their lives.
Please seek help from your GP if you feel you need help, talk to your family and friends and if you need further help please consider phoning Samaritans on 116 123 (it's free). Please don't be ashamed, there is no need. #MHAW17
Anyway, here is a picture of a windmill because why not.