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We are delighted to share a selection of blogs written by our supporters that communicate their experience of mental health.

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Working with a psychiatric mental health condition: a letter to employers

04 Jul 2022 , by BipolarNerdGirl

Working with a psychiatric mental health condition: a letter to employers

In 2017, a survey of individuals in the UK found that only 26.2% of people who were “experiencing long term mental illness or phobias as their primary, or most significant, health issue” were in employment. As someone with a chronic psychiatric disorder, I find this figure both shocking and disheartening …

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Learning to adapt

29 Jun 2022 , by HazelCornhill

Learning to adapt

I have a diagnosis of non-organic psychosis, this basically means that I have psychosis – it’s not been caused by drugs or brain damage, but I also don’t fit into any of the usual diagnosis boxes.

I hear things that no-one else can hear, I regularly believe that people are …

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Give me my rapture: psychotic mania

27 Jun 2022 , by Bipolarlife

Give me my rapture: psychotic mania

Even now after three decades of living with bipolar, psychosis creeps up on me. I keep a mood diary, take my meds every night and monitor my sleep conscientiously yet still believe I can double bluff the quick thinking, rapid speech, overconfidence and productivity of hypomania.

Self-management of hypomania

I …

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We can be lonely together

20 Jun 2022 , by Caroline

We can be lonely together

I wonder how many people are feeling lonely right now? Loneliness is one of the worst feelings isn’t it? How many of us have felt alone when we are actually on our own, or lonely in a crowd, with a group of friends, or in a bustling busy place?

No …

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Creative Steph says hi!

10 Jun 2022 , by StephWrites

Creative Steph says hi!

Hi. My name is Steph and I use creativity as a distraction from mental illness.

I’ve been writing and illustrating for nearly two years now, with a website that started about 18 months ago after my life seemed to have fallen apart.

My mental health journey started around 8 years …

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Insomnia – It Can Keep You Awake At Night

08 Jun 2022 , by Caroline

Insomnia – It Can Keep You Awake At Night

I have had insomnia now for about five years and it’s been around so long it’s starting to feel like the norm. But it definitely doesn’t get any easier, especially at night.

Having insomnia, for me, can feel like the night is the loneliest time and place to be. I …

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Forging a partnership with bipolar

29 Apr 2022 , by BipolarNerdGirl

Forging a partnership with bipolar

Although I was expecting the words at some point, actually hoping for them in some sort of way, they still landed like a tonne weight on my chest when they were finally said.

“I’m diagnosing you with bipolar,” my psychiatrist said in almost a blasé, factual tone.

I suppose this …

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Why we need to talk about loss

27 Apr 2022 , by Caroline

Why we need to talk about loss

It has been a tense and emotional few months. You see I have just lost a member of the family after an illness.

They were admitted into hospital in March and passed away in April. Everything is finished now. The funeral has taken place and we can all get “back …

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Coping with relapses

21 Apr 2022 , by Rhys

Coping with relapses

I was diagnosed with depression on September 2021. The first four months were horrendous.

Every day was a struggle. I felt low most of the time, if I didn’t feel low, I felt nothing. Those “zero-days” were the worst.

I had a breakdown one morning. There was no single overarching …

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Trauma can’t be measured

13 Mar 2022 , by Caroline

Trauma can’t be measured

It took me nearly a decade to admit to myself something was not quite right. I had convinced myself that I had dealt with grief, moved on, and I was just being dramatic when I felt anxious. I was over reacting when I felt down. After all, who am I …

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