My name is Zoe, I’m 26 years old, I live in Manchester, England and I have struggled with my mental health for the last 10ish years.
Ahhhh the dreaded ‘about me’ page. I, like many others, struggle to talk about myself in any great detail so I decided not to and I feel the above adequately summaries the need-to-know info for anyone who happens to stumble across this weird little project of mine.
The idea of starting a blog initially came to me when I was searching for specific information online about medication and other areas relating to managing mental health. Of course there is tonnes out there written by medical professionals or in a formal, clinical tone full of jargon and certainly not layman friendly. I wanted to find how real people felt with lived experience, hear stories from people who had been there done that and get as many opinions and thoughts as possible. Short of the odd comment on articles here and there, I couldn’t find the detail I was looking for so it got me thinking; I’ll do it. I’m going to write about the things I feel are missing from an honest, warts and all perspective including diagnoses, medication, the NHS, love, happiness, coping and hopefully much more.
I am certainly not claiming to be any sort of expert but that’s the point. I have personally lived through years of challenges associated with being mentally ill, and have gone on to work within the field in the hope of using what I’ve learnt both academically and through lived experience to help other people. So whether 2, 200 or 2000 people end up reading, I’ll at least feel a sense of achievement in putting out onto the internet what I was looking for and couldn’t find.
P.S. The handsome chap above is my beautiful horse and best friend Friday. He is what brings me most happiness in this world and to him I will forever be grateful. He is the reason I’m strong enough to share this so publicly now.