Stigma of Mental illness means I’m an Impostor when I succeed

  Those that know me or follow me on Twitter will be aware that I ran my first Marathon in April this year raising almost £500 for the mental health peer support group I founded despite managing invisible long term conditions of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Schizoaffective Disorder (A mix of Schizophrenia and Bipolar). I’m proud of what I…

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My Volunteering Story for Rethink Mental Illness

I have had a severe mental illness (diagnosed Schizoaffective disorder) for a number of years.  I started getting involved with the charity Rethink Mental Illness in the autumn of 2015 after a very severe depressive episode which required me to have ECT in hospital throughout the summer.  The local Rethink Recovery service commissioned by the NHS in my area supported…

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Bipolar Disorder: My World War 2

I became interested in Winston Churchill when I read his single-volume abridged version of The Second World War. I was eighteen and I remember it being a very long book that took me a good part of the summer to read. Little did I know at the time that we possibly shared a similar mental illness - Bipolar Disorder. Today…

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