Introspection is a devouring monster. You have to feed it with much material, much experience, many people, many places, many loves, many creations, and then it ceases feeding on you.Anais Nin
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Welcome and thank you for visiting! I’m Cara. I’m a twenty-something year old mental health nurse who has also experienced mental illness for most of my life. I’m incredibly passionate about breaking down stigma and fighting the discrimination attached to mental health problems, and I hope to do that by not only sharing my own experiences, but creating a platform for others to share theirs too. You can usually find me talking all things bipolar disorder, eating disorders, general mental health and well-being, and the challenges of navigating the world while experiencing mental illness.
However, it’s also important to me to show that there is more to people than just their diagnosis. I am also a pink-haired cat lady, a tattooed traveller, a veggie and a feminist. This means that in amongst my chatter about mental health, you’ll also find me talking a lot about travel, feminism and ramblings about my general life and observations I make along the way.
One More Light LB
Be UR Own Light
Eleanor Segall MA(hons) is a freelance writer/journalist, mental health blogger, soon to be author and an advocate. Her mission is to write to increase understanding and end the stigma that mental illness has. She has lived with mental illness for 14 years.
Her book about her life with bipolar disorder and recovery with Trigger Publishing will be published in 2019/20.
Eleanor has blogged for mental health charities such as Rethink Mental Illness, Time to Change, Mind, Bipolar UK, Self Harm UK, STOP Suicide, SANE, Phobia Support Forum, ISMA, Judith Trust.
She writes for Metro.co.uk, Glamour Magazine online, Happiful Magazine and Happiful.com and has written for Huffington Post UK, The Counselling Directory, Brighton Wellness Centre, Counsellors Cafe Magazine, Refinery29, The Jewish News, Aish Perspectives Magazine, The Monologues Project, World Union of Jewish Students, Anxiously Active, Soul Space (Tavleen Foundation) and Equilibrium Magazine.
Eleanor has also been featured in articles in Metro.co.uk, Cosmopolitan Magazine UK (online), Elle Magazine ,Prima, Netdoctor.co.uk and Yahoo News.
Her WordPress blog ‘Be Ur Own Light’ was started in March 2016 to raise awareness to friends and family of what life is like living with mental health and to emphasise how, however difficult you can go on to live a happy and fulfilling life. It was nominated as a Finalist in the Health and Social Care Individual Category for the UK Blog Awards 2018!
Eleanor gave her first radio interview to on mental health and social media, in March 2018. Her blog about bipolar was also used for an anxiety education session for staff at AND digital in London.
She recently recorded her first podcast on mental health and is available for comment on radio or TV.
Eleanor has a BA(hons) degree in English Literature and Drama from Goldsmiths University. She has a Masters in Drama Education from Royal Central and is an avid reader and writer. Additionally, she volunteers with the charity Jami, the Jewish association of mental illness in London.
Hi I’m Anneli. Welcome to my blog, Pigletish.
I started this site in 2017 to write about my mental health, express myself and document my journey to recovery from PTSD following an abusive relationship. I’m passionate about fighting the stigma around living with mental illness and often share my own thoughts and experiences to try to bring more awareness and understanding into the world.
I write about mental health, therapy, post traumatic stress disorder, body image issues, disability, bereavement, domestic abuse and other potentially triggering subjects, so please don’t skip the trigger warnings at the top of my posts. They are there to help you decide whether or not the content is suitable for you.
There’s so much more to me than my mental health, so you’ll see me writing about my other interests and hobbies too. I’m a self taught landscape artist. I found painting really helped make me feel bigger than my trauma and I love to create beautiful things and share them with the world.
I’m wild about the self care and how to incorporate it into all aspects of my life. I spend a lot of time thinking about my home and how it can be a place of peace, comfort and safety. The spaces we spend time in have a huge impact on us, so I plan to share my tips on creating a cosy and welcoming safe space over the next few months.
I’m currently working on funding my debut book (a collection of essays about acceptance, tolerance, self love and not being awful), planning a relaunch of my mental health podcast, How are you really?, and trying to build the life I want to live, using the tools I learned in counselling.
I don’t have a blogging “niche”. I write what I want to write, when I want to write it. But I do put my heart into my posts and hope that you’ll have a peep at some of my work.
While you’re here, why not support my art on Patreon or pledge to my book – it won’t happen without you! Click here to pre-order a copy.
Living Beyond the Borderline
Mental health blogger & trainer. YMHFA Instructor. BPD, Anorexia Survivor, Anxiety, Somniphobia. BOPO. #MHBlogAwards 2019 & 2020 Runner-Up. Views my own.
My name is Ida Väisänen. After training as a journalist I found myself in my first job in the UK, a whole new chapter in front of me.
However, things didn’t go as planned. Only a few months later I became increasingly ill with depression.
See, I had experienced things that I had never dealt with. I thought that by ignoring them they’d go away eventually, and I would be happy.
As my health deteriorated, I began to self-harm, attempted to take my own life and was finally hospitalised for almost three months.
Then and only then did things come to a halt. I had two choices, either get better or die.
From that decision, the journey towards recovery began.
Had I died, I wouldn’t had known that I have complex post-traumatic stress disorder which despite the name is a manageable condition.
What spurs me on is that by talking about my experiences, I might be able to help someone else.
Around the Ward in 80 Days
An Award Winner!
Come with me on my journey with Borderline Personality Disorder
My name is Emily. I am a 19-year-old autistic student, mental health activist and autism advocate.
I’ve struggled with my mental health since the age of 13, which led to me being sectioned aged 16 on a children’s mental health unit. I have collected various diagnoses over the years, some of which I continue to struggle with today. I was diagnosed with autism just before my 17th birthday.
I began tweeting about my experiences shortly after this, and discovered a whole online community of wonderful autistic people and mental health activists. I feel very grateful that people have decided to follow me.
Since being diagnosed, I have dedicated a huge amount of time to researching autism in order to help me understand myself better. My blog is a collection of these rambles and thoughts.
Trustee for Autistic Girls Network. #NotAloneTalk host on Twitter
With first-hand, lived experience of conquering eating disorders, anxiety and depression, a suicide survivor, Zoe believes ‘life is more than self-hatred and celery sticks’.
A strong advocate of ‘Set Point Theory’, Zoe inspires us with empathy, to rebel against social norms, ‘ditch the diet’ and embrace the notion of body acceptance.
Heartfelt and candid, Zoe Burnett is a playful, warmhearted and compassionate speaker, a creative graduate with broad experience of teaching across a wide demographic, including children and adults.
I have spent the last few years writing about my experiences and thoughts on my mental health, love, family, a multitude of existential crises, my deep-seated wanderlust and a life spent trying to understand the world around me.
Following a traumatic event in 2017, I was faced with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and a resulting inability to work as of June 2018. In order to remain both busy and productive during my recovery, I studied to become a Teacher of English as a Foreign Language (TEFL); a 140-hour course I passed in October of the same year.
Writing and travelling are the two things in life that bring me a sincere sense of purpose and contentment. It is my hope that my TEFL experience will provide me a means of income when travelling becomes an option once again, but until then I have chosen to utilise my love for language and creative writing as a means of self-therapy and catharsis.
I believe that we all owe a debt of responsibility towards each other and the world. As such, I have recently begun to study British Sign Language online in the hope of communicating with those who live with hearing difficulties, as well as expanding my linguistic resume. I hope to be able to contribute to the world in a meaningful way, and I believe that being honest and open about my own mental health is the most important step towards achieving both this goal and mental wellbeing.
With that said, here you will find my thoughts, laid out in all their truth – good and bad.
These are my “GreyMatterLeaks” – my unfiltered written journey toward purpose and meaning. Thank you for taking the time to join me.
Grey Matter Leaks
As a survivor of childhood family violence and teen catfishing, Susannah is passionate about mental health and Internet safety
As a certified Birth Doula, she works with pregnant women and grew her pregnancy information site, Trimester Talk, to 500,000 views p/m
After 10 years in the digital marketing industry, and completing a Master of Marketing in 2019, Susannah now offers affordable byte size digital training through the Eat Digital group or one on one consultation through
I struggled every day with bad relationships, social anxiety and depression, until I began making some positive changes in my life. I’ve also overcome an eating disorder and self-harm.
I’d love to help you overcome your struggles, too
It actually took me years to overcome those issues. I stumbled about a lot at first and made a ton of mistakes that I could have avoided if I’d known where to look for guidance.
That’s why I now help other people who are fighting mental health battles (or just sitting on the edge of the battlefield feeling exhausted, like I did so many times).