I decided to write this post because I think it’s important you get to know me and that includes knowing that I do suffer with depression.
For me, my depression is reactive. Something happens and I struggle to deal with it and that plunges me into depression. This makes me lucky.
My depression isn’t manic or chronic and I know it will pass. Not everyone is so fortunate.
Here is my video talking in more detail about my experiences with mental health.
I have tried counselling and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to help me recover and whilst they have helped, I don’t believe that they are necessarily the only options which should be available to people.
Medication has also been an issue. I have tried numerous different types and some have actually made things worse. I’m lucky that I have the support of friends and family around me but had I not of had, I could easily have resorted to suicide to end my pain. And this is a very real problem experiences by thousands if not millions of people every day who are not receiving the right treatment.
I don’t have all the answers but I do know that more needs to be done to ensure we don’t follow a “one size fits all” approach which ultimately fails and leads to suicide. We need to find a way to make treatment more personal and patient specific. I know funding is regularly being cut and services are stripped back but people’s lives are at stake and so we need to work together to come up with a solution.
I am trying to start projects in my local community to see what a difference they can make and I will feedback my results. There will be both group and one:one support available and I will gather evidence to see if they help. I will then try and roll this out even further to help more people.
If you would like to know more about the projects I am setting up or want to talk about your own experiences, please do get in touch. I would love to hear from you