For almost a year now my husband and I have been doing food prep, which means that we prepare our meals in advance for the week. We’ve found it extremely helpful in helping us to eat in a more healthy way, working around our busy schedules and around my mental and physical illnesses.
Being kind to yourself and ensuring that you are setting yourself up for success each day becomes even more important when you are living with extra challenges such as bipolar disorder or other mental illnesses. Life is hard enough to navigate when you are fighting your mind, so it’s important that you are proactive in doing all that you can to support yourself.
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.