Saturday, 23 January 2016

Rethink Mental Illness

Hey readers! 

It has been a while since I haven written. Things have been all over the place for me and I haven't been able to tell my arse from my elbow! 


Last year you may recall my post about a Cabaret show raising money for Mind. It was a hugely emotional show and we raised quite a bit of money.


Blue Monday came and went again this week and on Thursday, we held the second Le Chien Noir cabaret show. This time, we raised money for Rethink. The show was, once again, a roaring success with people laughing and crying together and having a jolly good time whilst raising money for a fantastic cause! 



Poster handpainted by Lux DeLioux and inspired, of course, by Johannes Vermeer's "The Girl with the Pearl Earring."


Before the show, I was approached by the producer about writing a blog. She had been contacted by Rethink who wanted to promote the show and share an experience. Initially they were looking for a performer. However, Vivacity said that the job was suited to no one better than me.

, I was a little cautious when writing my piece to not over egg the pudding too much, I didn't want to cause cavities with my sweetness about how much the cabaret peeps mean to me and how much they are a family to me - no one likes a kiss ass!

You can read the blog here on the Rethink website.



https://www.rethink.org/news-views/2016/1/le-chien-noir


Just prior to the show I had the pleasure of meeting Amber, the person who had sent the original email, who congratulated me on the blog. I felt very buoyed by this and it helped me keep myself together whist watching brave and courageous performers interpret their mental health issues for the entertainment of the masses.


Following the show, I spoke to a few more people from Rethink who told me how much they loved my piece and how they would love for me to write for them again!! Can you imagine how overjoyed I am?!

Keep Smiling :):

UPDATE

We raised an incredible £2,368.50!!!






Friday, 8 January 2016

Tackling mental health through TV

TRIGGER WARNING AND POSSIBLE SPOILERS FOR EASTENDERS FANS

I don't watch soaps but it's great to see them breaking down the stigma on Postpartum Psychosis

Read the article in the Metro

I have a lot of experience in helping people deal with this or similar. Someone I once worked for had this as well as Bipolar Disorder. Also, a family member had postnatal depression


All too often, women are made to believe they should know how to look after a child. They are told that their maternal instinct will kick in once the baby is born. This is so ridiculously untrue!

I wrote a blog last year about my own dilemma when it comes to children. You can see it here.

MEN-tal health


TRIGGER WARNING 

Mental health in men is something that we still don't discuss enough. Men are "supposed to be" strong, alpha, brave, courageous yadda yadda... can you not be all of those things AND struggle with mental health issues? Not according to society. 

I try to avoid celebrity gossip so I was unaware of the story of Sam Sarpong - brother of TV presenter June who completed (not committed) suicide in October 2015. 


I think when writing about suicide, we ought to be very careful what we say. June states "It was a moment of madness, something just went off and he lost complete control over his mind" 

When an individual sees suicide as the "only option", I can assure you this decision is not from a mad mind. It is human nature to preserve one's own life above all else. 

Looking at my own circumstances, the times I took a near fatal overdose I was the clearest I had ever been. It was not a rash decision, I had weighed up all other options and suicide was the only one that made the most amount of sense. 

I have written a few blogs now about suicide and more specifically, male suicide. Please feel free to have a look.

If you are thinking about suicide, there are many services available for you. If you are in a crisis, please take yourself to A&E. 

I am always happy to listen and offer advice via Facebook or over the phone.