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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

  • Navigating the NHS
    I am trying to access counselling here in the UK. This process has not been easy. I am so frustrated that I can cry. Below is a portion of an email that was sent to me by a service recommended by my GP.
  • False Positivity
    ‘What is false positivity? Do we encourage people to honour all of their emotions, even the ‘negative’ ones? Or do we only want people to honour the ‘positive’ emotions?’
  • Feeling Anxious
    Today, I’m feeling anxious. I’m leaving the clear blue skies of my home to go back to gloomy skies and frigid winters. I’m leaving my comfort zone where I have family friends to a place where I hardly know anyone. It is a place where one can feel very lonely and isolated.