So that’s it, the end of my series of self help tips for your mental health. They were extremely hard to write and probably even harder to publish but it was something that I wanted to do in the hope that it would help others.
If everything happens for a reason then perhaps my getting ill was so that I could tell my story and give someone else a little bit of comfort and understanding.
I don’t want pity or sympathy. I just want to raise mental health awareness. I want to let people know that there is light at the end of that very dark tunnel. I want to give people some hope that life can be good again.
Now whilst mental illness is clearly a big part of me, it doesn’t define me. I’m that same person you knew last week before I’d published this series. I’m still the wife, mother, daughter, friend, who holds down several jobs as well as a whole load of voluntary roles too.
I’m still the person who loves going out with friends to see bands. I’m still the person who likes upcycling things and making them usable and loved again. I’m still the woman who loves tea and cake!
It’s just sometimes I get a little bit ill, and that illness is inside my brain.
I realise that everyone experiences different forms of mental illness but I can only write about what I know. I’d love to know if anything here has helped you as a sufferer or carer, or if just reading that someone else has experienced the same as you gives a little comfort and hope for the future.
I wish you all the very best on your journey to recovery, and thank you for reading.
SELF HELP FOR MENTAL HEALTH TIPS
SEE PART 1 FOR LINKS TO PROFESSIONAL & CHARITABLE ORGANISATIONS
If this series of self help posts for your mental health has helped a little please leave me a line or two in the comments box below. You don’t have to give your real name and your email address doesn’t appear.
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