Peer Worker Jesse describes battles with mental illness and how with support (from Wellways, the doctors, hospitals, family and friends) it "now doesn’t always significantly impact on my life. I’ve been through lows before and have come out the other side also means I can be more confident that in the future I will make it through."
You hear a lot about speaking your “truth”. It seems to be a new buzz word lately. I have struggled with this idea – was I missing something? I think all ideas have the power to liberate us or exclude us, depending on how they are communicated. Often it seems to me these ideas are magically supposed to make sense when we hear them just like, “recovery”, “identity”, “safety” and “inclusion”.
She looked so small and frail as she stood at the counter in a shop. A lady with undoubted style, judging by her jewellery. While waiting behind her in a queue to be served, I noted her difficulty in making herself understood to a very young retail assistant. English was obviously not her first language....
Letting go of rigid ideas and beliefs is useful, says long-time carer George Schickert. He reflects on his family’s journey and what it’s like to move on from initial diagnosis to emerge stronger.
Shifting perspectives: life can be good again