Thursday, 6 February 2014

Guess Blog Post: Misunderstanding Mental Illness

I've written another guest blog post for The Red Falcon Project for Mental Health Awareness Day. Have a read and let me know what you think!

Mental Illness can be a really hard concept to understand. When my best friend first told me she thought she was bi-polar, we were 17. I just didn’t get it. People are happy sometimes, people are sad sometimes, that’s just life. She didn’t seem mentally ‘abnormal’ or anything.
At the time, I didn’t realise how common mental illness was. My image of mental illness was people with extreme psychosis, held in strait-jackets. My friend was ‘normal’. While I felt sorry for people with depression and mental illness, I couldn’t understand it. Why couldn’t she just look on the bright side?
It took a suicide attempt for me to realise the severity of her feelings. READ MORE...

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