I’ve been struggling with the symptoms of my bipolar disorder since I was a pre-teen, despite only being diagnosed in my mid-twenties, so unfortunately, I’ve had plenty of experience with crisis services. I’ve experienced crisis services in hospital, through emergency services and through having a crisis team after my diagnosis. Some of these experiences have been absolutely horrendous and some have been literally lifesaving; sadly, the latter is in the minority.
Following on from my series of posts on suicide prevention, I want to talk about crisis services from the point of view of a patient. My dear friend, fellow writer and mental health warrior Hazel has kindly agreed to share their experiences with us of crisis services, the good and the bad.
World Mental Health Day is the 10th of October, this year’s topic is Suicide Prevention. It’s time to speak out, to get involved. I’ve compiled a list of practical ideas that you can get involved today, some more practical and some that can allow you to connect with how you are feeling and nurture your own mental health. These can also be used at any time, the conversation should be ongoing.
Since September was Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and I’ve been doing some posts on the topic, I decided to continue that this week into World Mental Health Day on the 10th; this year’s topic is Suicide Prevention.
These are ideas to help someone who is feeling suicidal but is not actively a danger to themselves; if you feel that someone is in immediate danger of acting on their suicidal feelings, you should call the emergency services or a hotline to get further professional advice.
September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, so I wanted to continue on from my last post and keep the topic going. It’s so important to keep talking about suicide, to raise awareness and hopefully help someone out there.
I’m a very positive person by nature, I always have been. Even though I’ve been through a lot and go through a lot each day, I always try to keep getting on with things the best I can, to look on the positive side of things. I find humour in hard times and moments of joy during dark days; I find ways to keep going as much as I can and get on with my usual routine.
The wonderful Cara Lisette who works as a mental health nurse and has bipolar disorder herself agreed to answer some questions for me on what it's like to work in the mental health profession while struggling with mental illness. She is a powerfully strong mental health advocate and a lovely person, I appreciate her input a great deal.
I recently came out of a really low depressive episode and have been trying to keep my head above water ever since. Unfortunately, it didn’t work and my mood recently slipped back down. I was trying to think about how to explain how that really feels, the process of trying to keep depression at bay.