Normalise mental illnesses


What Is this Blog About

I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety about eight months ago. I created this blog, “Hello Simon”, to share my journey with this mental illness: the years leading up to my diagnosis, the struggles I faced and continue to face and the discoveries I made about myself. I want to invite others to share their personal experiences with mental illnesses, whether it’s your own experience or that of a family member or friend.

I want to give others a chance to see into our minds, to give them an intimate view of how mental illnesses affect our thought processes and daily lives, and how they influence the way we interact with the world. This venture of sharing I find is important because, although various literatures provide good information on different mental illnesses, they don’t explain everything. Since mental illnesses affect each person differently, this blog is an opportunity for us to share our different experiences. 

I understand how difficult it can be to share our stories with the world. Thus, I encourage the comfort of anonymity. Our identity will be in our voices, not our names.  

Read the latest posts

  • Cultural Attitudes and Stigmas About Mental Illness
    In The Bahamas we have come a long way when it comes to stigmas and attitudes related to mental health. I remember as a child, my friends and I used to laugh at the people we deemed ‘crazy’. It was funny that the guy on the street was talking to himself, that another guy was walking down the street naked or that a woman was ‘rowing’ (fussing) a seemingly imaginary person.
  • A Few Words on Feminism
    Dear Readers, When I was younger I distinctly recall watching entertainment news with my sisters. During an interview a celebrity said that she was not a feminist. At this time, it was cool for celebrities to denounce feminism. This wasContinue reading “A Few Words on Feminism”
  • How Do I Create and Set Boundaries?
    I’ve read a lot of mental health tips over the last few months. The one that keeps recurring is creating and setting boundaries. It’s all about protecting your space and mental health. Blogs and social media accounts advise you to speak up when you do not want to do something, say no without giving an explanation and let people know when they violate your boundaries. This is something I struggle with, especially in a professional setting.
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