KATIE THE TOURIST: MY MENTAL HEALTH JOURNEY (& WHAT I WISH SOMEONE TOLD ME WHEN I WAS AT ROCK BOTTOM)

GUEST POSTS

This post is one that I’ve wanted to write for a while now, but everyone who has had an experience with mental health will know that it isn’t easy to talk about until you feel healed enough to be able to move forward. The reason I’ve wanted to share my story is to help people who may have been through the same or similar to me – if I can help just one person, then the roller coaster of my mental health journey will all be worth it.

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IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN THESE TED TALKS- YOU’RE MISSING OUT

SELF CARE

For anyone who doesn’t already know and appreciate the fascinating videos from TED- you’re in for a treat! In just 15 minutes (on average) these videos can give you the confidence to achieve your goals, the motivation to do what you’ve always wanted to do and the ability to understand other people’s perspectives- challenging our own biased opinions. To me, these videos are the epitome of self-care entertainment. Every single video result in an emotional response- the majority of which include goose bumps and a huge bundle of inspiration.

PROJECT SEMI-COLON

MENTAL HEALTH

I’m almost sure you will have seen the semi-colon symbol somewhere on social media. Jewellery, drawings and even tattoos. So, if you don’t already know, this is what it’s all about…  

Project Semi-Colon was founded in 2013 by a lady named Amy Bleuel. Unfortunately she had personal experiences of bullying, suicidal ideation, self-harm, addiction, abuse and rape- but was extremely empowered to use her strength and courage to make a difference to other people. She did this by the creation of ‘Project Semi-Colon’. This non-profit organisation has dedicated time and effort into suicide prevention through public awareness and education. Increasing knowledge and understanding makes people aware that everyone has a role to play when it comes to suicide prevention and supporting those experiencing a mental illness.