Let’s all be honest, everything happens for a reason in life whether it’s good or bad. If I could go back to be that 17-year old who was shy and quiet. I wouldn’t even have thought that at the age of 21, I would be writing a blog about my mental health journey. At first, I was so scared to talk about my mental health and what happened. I was frightened that people would judge me or would change the way they treated me or acted differently around me.
I’m not inspirational, I’m just me. I’m just an average girl who listens to rap and leaves the living room door open and waits for the “were you born in a barn?” from my gran. But, I love that. I’m still the girl who always puts mayonnaise on her bacon sandwiches because that’s the way I roll! I’m the girl who use to love going to the gym and snacking on protein pancakes. I’m the girl who I once took my dog for a walk in my Pikachu onesie and saw about 3 of my exes on the journey!
I am still the girl who wanted to be a zookeeper when she was five and feed the lions! I was so wild eh
I was so nervous when I first wrote and published my first post what was about my mental illness, as in case people would instantly judge me. I was so scared to even step out the front door to go to Morrisons with my gran. She managed to get me out though and now, thinking about it. I’m proud that I did the first step of beating this illness by telling my journey.
Mental health problems affect 1 in 4 people every year and no one should feel ashamed. By sharing our experiences, together we can end the stigma- Time To Change
Blogging has completely changed the way I live, it has given me the confidence to talk openly, without shame or fear about my mental health. I no longer feel I need to lie about how I am feeling and If I just need help.
To the people who have judged me in the past and have left me because I’m currently ill. Well look, you have lost out on me and my new achievements.
Yes, I am battling a mental illness but that’s not me, I’m still me. No one can change me. No one should ever feel ashamed for being ill.
This is the thing with having a mental illness. It’s mentally & physically exhausting and heartbreaking for yourself and family members. One time you can be thinking you are doing good about how you are helping people the next you can be in tears and thinking of a situation what happened years ago.
Therefore, warriors who are suffering from these cruel illnesses need support and not judgment.
This is the reason why I’m blogging my mental health. The highs and lows. Showing everyone that it’s okay not to be okay.
Till next time!
With lots of love!
Shannon Diana xx
Mental illness isn’t going to get the last laugh. I am.
I fight for my health and for other people’s health every single day in a way most people won’t understand, we aren’t lazy. We are warriors!
If you don’t feel like talking to yet, I’ll always be here and I’ll help out any way I can. You aren’t alone.
I know how it feels to be pushed aside. But listen, you are amazing and I’m proud of you so much.
Just so you know, it’s okay not to be okay you know, even the happiest person in the universe has their bad days. You can get through this dark hole. I believe in you.
You are loved. You are worth the fight. You are more than your illnesses, you can fight this I believe in you. You are flawless. You are fabulous. You aren’t alone. You are amazing and I’m proud of you all.
You can beat these thoughts. I believe in you. I will always be there for you even if it’s on the internet or email or even in person one day. You are loved. You are needed in this world because you are YOU. You are badass for battling mental illness daily. I care about every single one of you. You are more than enough. You don’t need to please anyone else.
Here is some numbers to contact if you are experiencing a mental health crisis:
Samaritans- For everyone! 24 hours, 7 days a week:
Call this number – 116 123
Email address is Jo@samaritans.org
Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) – For Men! 5pm to midnight every day.
Call this number: 0800 58 58 58
Webpage chat room if you don’t want to phone the link is: Webpage Chat
Papyrus- For people under 35! Monday to Friday 10am to 10pm. Weekends 2pm to 10pm. Bank Holidays 2pm to 5pm.
Phone number: 0800 068 41 41
Text Number: 07786 209697
Childline- For children and young people under 19.
Call 0800 1111 (Number won’t show up on your phone bill)
The Silver Line- For older people
Call: 0800 4 70 80 90
In the US: Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or the National Hopeline Network at 1-800-784-2433
In Austraila- Call Lifeline Austraila at 13 11 14
Other places you could go or ring in a crisis in UK:
- Call your GP- Ask for an emergency appointment.
- Call 111 – Out of hours- They will help you find the support and help you need.
- Contact your mental health crisis team if you have one.
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