My favourite time of the year is just around the corner as the official Autumnal Equinox occurs tomorrow; we wave goodbye to sunny blue skies and unbearably stuffy weather in favour of sweater season. It also marks my first unofficial week at University and brings me one step closer to the gorgeous scents and sights of Halloween and Bonfire season.
This past Monday just gone the first of three parts on my personal experiences of mental health illnesses went live on the Depression for Teens website. It’s a fantastic space aimed at raising awareness of mental health illnesses in all ages but specifically signposting symptoms and diseases that can or will occur in young people. They reached out to hear people’s personal tales and experiences with past medical problems so I plucked up the courage and wrote a few words, which turned into quite a lot of words. The first part is aimed at my own history of depression and anxiety with future posts on my self harming, interactions with the healthcare system and some of my overall thoughts on where we’re at with tackling the complexities of mental health stigma.
I’ve had so much love from friends and family with many coming forward of having had similar experiences which is fantastic if it means helping others become more confident at speaking up. Depression for Teens are always looking for more content so don’t hesitate to drop them a line if you’re interested in sharing your own story.
In a couple of weeks Mind are teaming up with Tesco to raise as much money as possible over one weekend in October and of course they’re relying on volunteers to rattle tins and proudly don a purple shirt. It coincides with World Mental Health Day over the 8th and 9th October and they need you to donate some of your spare time. Maybe you can spare just a couple of hours to participate holding onto buckets or even run as Team Leader in some stores. You can sign up here!
Last but not least I recently found out about a fantastic little business called Motivational Tattoos, temporary plaster styled tattoos that feature lovely little quotes and inspirational reads to give you that bit of extra confidence on dark days. As well as the temp tattoos, they’ve just launched a Kickstarter campaign to create a bandage pin badge to assist those with anxiety on the all important reminder to Breathe. You can back them here and check out their full website here.
I’m off to stick my head in my Slimming World planner as now is the time to get back on track with my weight loss as well as line up a wealth of Psychology books on my Amazon wishlist. Hope all is well where you are and you’re all taking good care of yourself!