All that I am, all that I ever was…

I am more than my mental health. I am more than my homelessness. I am more than any one aspect of me. I am Addy. And this is…

Blog for Mental Health 2015

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“I pledge my commitment to the Blog for Mental Health 2015 Project. I will blog about mental health topics not only for myself, but for others. By displaying this badge, I show my pride, dedication, and acceptance for mental health. I use this to promote mental health education in the struggle to erase stigma.”

It is that time of year again. Or rather, it was that time of year again three months ago, but my ongoing physical health dramas have prevented me from keeping a timely eye on the blogosphere this year. Still, it’s better to be late than never, so the time has come to voice my pledge to blog for mental health in 2015.

My reason for signing the pledge each year is simple. Mental illness has played a major part in my life for as long as I can remember. My sister, parents and I have all suffered at the hands of mental illness. So much so that we could probably write some form of collaborative book exploring the best way to cope (and live) with mental illness. Whether it be anorexia nervosa, depression, agoraphobia, self-harm, bipolar, PTSD, hearing voices, social anxiety, personality disorders, OCD, my family has been there, lived it and bought the T-Shirt to proudly proclaim our experiences.

Although I began suffering from mental ill-health when I was thirteen, I didn’t become vocal about it until I was twenty-seven, when I shared my depression with close friends. Shortly after (following a catastrophic collapse of my mental functioning courtesy of a breakdown) I began writing this blog, with the sole purpose of sharing my life (warts, kinks and all) in the hope it would help convince people that those who live with mental illness are far more than their illnesses; they are wonderful, beautiful, extraordinary individuals who should never be labelled or stigmatised.

Eight years later, my blog is still going. It’s a little worse for wear, for sure, but then so am I. But no matter how hard life is, no matter how bad my inner turmoil, pain and confusion, I will continue writing this blog when I can. For I still believe in that mission statement I created all those years ago.

People are far more than their illnesses; they are wonderful, beautiful, extraordinary individuals who should never be labelled or stigmatised.

They should be free to live the life they deserve.

Should you wish to find out more about this magnificent (and totally worthwhile) endeavour,
you can discover all you need to know by visiting the Blog for Mental Health website.

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