Monday, 29 January 2018

The Sunshine Blogger Award

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Yesterday being the 28th January 2018 I was nominated for the sunshine blogger award by the lovely blogger Eva Lily - check out her blog @EvaLilyBlog
Thank you so much for this I absolutely am loving the blogging community since I have started blogging just over a month ago! 


1. Thank blogger(s) who nominated you for the blog post and link back to their blog.
2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
3. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
4. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

Eva Lily's Questions and My Answers 
1. Why did you start your blog and how long have you been blogging?
I started blogging just over a month ago, I started blogging about my story with mental health and posted daily for quite some time on my day to day life. I am now blogging once a week still about my mental health. The reason I started it was because I wanted to post somewhere how I was feeling and to build my confidence in sharing my story.
2.. Who do you aim your blog at?
I aim my blog at anyone who might be struggling with their mental health, people who want to know more about the struggles with mental health and the main reason to just make more awareness to the reality of mental health.
3. What do you most enjoy about blogging?
The support from everyone else, I really did not expect my blog to take off I expected like 10 views maximum but I am well and truly amazed by the comments and messages I get on twitter its absolutely lovely. The blogging community is just one of the best things to belong to!
4. What would you like to change about blogging?
I would just like to change the layout of my blog more freely but I suppose there is an option to do that I just haven't come across it yet. *hint* if any of you bloggers could give me some advice that would be wicked!!!
5.  Do you blog full time or balance it alongside another career and if so what?
Currently blogging when I feel able to, I am about to start a new job on nights so I am hoping ill be able to continue managing my blog!
6. What tips would you give to your fellow bloggers?
Get involved, don't be scared. Get to know other bloggers, follow bloggers similar to you after all they have the same interests. The blogging community is amazing so don't hold back promote your blog as much as you like!
7.  What inspires your blogs/how do you come up with new content?
I blog mainly how I feel and how my day or week has been so it just comes to me. I have made a few posts inspired from other bloggers though.
8. What is the one item that you have purchased that helps make your blogging life easier?
I wouldn't call it an item but an app. Twitter. Although I have my personal twitter I felt I needed an account especially dedicated to blogging and other bloggers and its made life so much easier.
9. What is your dream job?
My dream job is to be a mental health nurse, I absolutely can't see myself be anywhere else.
10. What do you aim to achieve by the end of the year?
I want to be in a better place mentally. I want to be able to prove people wrong I want to gain a place at a university to study mental health nursing and I just want my blog to grow!
11. What is your favourite book and why?
This is such a difficult one, I am going to have to say The Wonder by Emma Donoghue. The book is just based after the war, in Ireland. It's a psychodrama and it's about these nurses who are to observe a child who has not eaten for 4 months. I don't want to ruin it but it has such a dramatic ending and left me speechless. 

I Nominate

My Questions
  1. When did you start your blog and why did you start it?
  2. Do your friends and family know you blog?
  3. What is your favourite animal?
  4. Have you got a bucket list? If so name 3 things on your bucket list!
  5. Which post on your blog are you most proud of?
  6. Is their a meaning to the name of your blog?
  7. What would you like to achieve by the end of the year?
  8. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
  9. What is your dream job?
  10. What makes you happy when having a bad day?
  11. What is your favourite time of the year?

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Positive Experiences With Mental Health

Positive Experiences with Mental Health

I had a think about whether or whether I would post something about my positive experiences with mental health and even though I still feel there isn't something quite resolved yet, I know I am on the right road now. I am going to start right at the beginning.

Paediatrician - This was the first person I encountered after school suspected me to have some difficulties with being in lessons. I seen 2 paediatrics one was in training and the other specialising in behaviour. They were both absolutely lovely, they did support me but unfortunately they believed I had mental health difficulties and put me back in touch with CAMHS. I had seen CAMHS once before only for a brief session to discuss treatment for ADHD. Unfortunately for me CAMHS wasn't one of my positive experiences.

Mentor  - I was provided a mentor when I was 13/14, for me this was a good experience I finally felt I had someone to talk to and explain how I feel. Eventually this came to an end which made me feel sad. I did then receive mentoring again from some other people who were just as lovely and I was able to talk to them the same way. However being at school and talking about suicidal thoughts to a mentor just meant you had to speak to a senior teacher.

A few teachers - Honestly school was so hard for me and completely an awful experience. I am so thankful for the teachers who kept me going and also at times kept me safe from myself. I am lucky enough to still be able to contact one of my teachers who supported me so much.

Nurses and Doctors in A&E and paramedics  - I believe I have had 3 visits to A&E when coping badly with my mental health. Twice with self harm and suicidal thoughts and another for suicidal thoughts and voices. I have also got to thank them so much, although one visit wasn't as brilliant but I still respect that they was very busy that evening. Both times I visited for self harm were absolutely amazing. The first time was such a scary experience being only 14 I didn't know what to expect. I just remember throwing up as soon as I got into A&E and saying sorry to the nurse in front of me. The second time was most recent a month ago, I can't even thank the one person that looked after me enough. My encounter with the paramedics was for a panic attack, I thought I was dying, I thought I was having a heart attack it was absolutely awful, I'm grateful for how quick they got to me.

Community Mental Health Team  - I have seen 3 different nurses, I just wish it could be the same one unfortunately its not the case. I do appreciate them being there to listen to what is going on. The second two times I have been I don't feel like I was honest about how I felt which is my own fault.

GP  - Although I have seen a few of the GPs at the same practice they have always done the best they can to support me. Providing me with information and being there to support me with my mental health when I am discharged from the mental health team.

These are some of my positive experiences with mental health. I have also negative ones but I just want you all to be aware that there are positive experiences. There are people who really care and it sometimes can take time to find these people. Please leave a comment with your positive experiences or feel free to email me. 

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