We’re going to get straight to the point. Mental health is a big problem – not just in the UK, but globally.
Statistically in the UK, 1 in 4 people will suffer with a Mental Health issue in any given year. This means, that in any typical nuclear family of two parents and two children, one of them will have a diagnosed or undiagnosed problem to do with their mental wellbeing.
This blog is written anonymously by two patients of the Mental Health Service in the UK to try and encourage more people to talk about a subject that many find uncomfortable. It is socially considered to be a taboo subject. You wouldn’t hesitate to tell someone that you couldn’t attend a social occasion because you’d sprained your ankle, yet you’d probably lie and fake a sprained ankle if you couldn’t attend because of a Mental Health disorder.
Both of us have spent time in an inpatient psychiatric ward and we learnt that the stereotypical ‘Girl Interrupted’ hold you down and inject you just isn’t true.
We will be asking people we have met along our journeys to share their own experiences to give as many comprehensive and truthful accounts as possible.
We know our stories aren’t over yet and there will be bumps along the way; it is what it is, but it will get better.