Just to note: this post talks about childhood trauma. Not in explicit detail, but rather the long term effects.
I’m pretty sure most people with some form of mental health problem have heard of Time to Talk, part of the work of Time to Change. The idea is that the more people who experience mental illness talk about their condition, the more society as a whole can begin to understand and the less stigma there will be around mental illness. So far, so good.
It’s November 2012 and I’m at the Job Centre on a cold morning.
Peer support groups are increasingly filling the void created by the various inadequacies of services provided by the NHS.
About a month ago I published a video on my YouTube channel describing my experiences with anxiety. It detailed how it manifests itself as a physical, gnawing sensation in my stomach, where I believe it all came from plus the things I’m doing to tackle it. Here’s the video:
If you have seen or spoken to me in the past few days/weeks/months you will know that today is the day I can drink again!
As my nearest and dearest are aware, I haven’t been able to drink in ELEVEN MONTHS.
TW: this post mentions topics such as violence, assault and Post Traumatic-Stress Disorder (PTSD.)
Talking about mental health issues can be difficult at the best of times, regardless as to whether you recognise that most individuals who have mental health issues are, in some way, vulnerable.
When considering what to write here I couldn’t come up with a topic that I would have been comfortable writing without anonymity. This is what Freedom of Mind means to me.