It’s #TimeToTalk – Little Joys

It often feels like mental illness robs us of so much. On the bad days, finding any sort of joy in life can seem completely impossible - futile, in fact. But this is why it's important to find and acknowledge the joy in good days - even the tiniest joys - so that we can [...]

It’s #TimeToTalk – Anxiety

Verbalising (or in this case typing!) the reality of experiences of anxiety is difficult but helpful. I still find that using the phrase ‘living with mental illness’, or anything like it, causes something in me shrank away in a ball of shame and fear. In spite of my advocacy of openness when it comes to [...]

It’s #TimeToTalk – Silence

I wrote this particular post for last year's #TimeToTalk blogathon but I felt it was still pertinent today so I wanted to reshare it. Staying silent about the realities of mental health and mental illness massively contributes to the ill effects of mental illness and perpetuates the stigma and shame which is, unfortunately still so [...]

It’s #TimeToTalk – Now

Talking about mental health is not always easy. In fact, I think it's rarely easy. It's the kind of conversation we avoid out of embarrassment or fear - and I think that happens whether you're trying to talk about your own mental health or whether you're trying to broach the subject of your concern about [...]

It’s #TimeToTalk – Self-Care

I've written blog posts before about how creativity and little acts of self-care help pick us up on the bad days, but it's so important to make time to take care of yourself on the good days as well. I know I have struggled with a reluctance to prioritise self-care; it feels selfish and self-indulgent, [...]