mental illness

The Yankee Candle Life Bomb

Sometimes Life thinks it is lighting a Yankee Candle… but really it is causing a major explosion. Oops! The gang on my Facebook page said they’d like to see more of my original illustrations on both UDC and Facebook. So here we go. This one is a bit symbolic of my life at the moment, […]

Four Results Days, Four Realisations.

I’ve had four A level result days. 2014 was the first. Having been incredibly ill all year I knew I had failed. Everyone told me I hadn’t, but I knew I had. I hadn’t been eating properly or sleeping for weeks and had fallen asleep for part of two of my exams. The day before […]

I’m Twenty

Today I turn twenty. Most people will celebrate their 21st birthday as the major milestone, but I’m partying today. Well when I say ‘Partying’… I’m drinking tea and feeling grateful. Partying. To put it bluntly: I’m here. My teenage years are over and I made it. I got through. I did it. This may sound […]

Mental Health Communication Cards

A few months ago I did some work with Hannah Ensor of Stickman Communications to design some communication cards specifically to help people with mental health problems. Hannah is amazing and one of my favourite people to throw ideas around with. She is very patient and willing to consider anything no matter how ‘Out There’ […]

A Creative Workshop for Young People Who Hear Voices or See Visions

If you read my last post you will know that recently I have been on a mission to find other people, particularly young people, who see visions and hear voices like I do. It was while googling for voice hearing and the arts that I came across Hearing the Voice. It just happened that in browsing […]

Moving Community Mental Health Team In Pursuit of Help

Moving across borders within the NHS is somewhat like going on a pilgrimage for treatment. Before you go you are promised that things are brighter on the other side: more resources, more funding and more staff. My voyage -from an area which didn’t have a pot to put pessimism in as far as mental health […]

I AM BORDERLINE: A Short Film

Potential Trigger Warning:   “You are a person who feels the highest of highs and the lowest of lows” This short film is absolutely beautiful. It represents perfectly experience of living with Borderline Personality Disorder. As a condition it is talked about so little and is heavily stigmatized. This film stresses the complete turmoil the condition puts […]

The Incredible Horrific Mood Cycle

“Dear Tutors: You’ve probably noticed by now that I don’t make it into college all the time, and I wanted to explain a few things to you…” This is how an email to my tutors began a week ago. I didn’t really know what to say, other than that I really am, honestly, trying my […]

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