Studying a Bachelor of Psychological Science
Works in a supermarket
That about sums it up.
Thank you for taking the time out of your lives to have a look at my blog. If you wish to read one of my recent posts they’re in reverse time order on the left (for example, my most recent one is at the top). If you like what you see I’d appreciate it if you could follow me (by clicking the ‘follow’ bottom on the bottom left) or at least by letting me know you’ve had a read. I don’t know who you guys are out there!
One in four young Australians currently has a mental health condition and 4% of all Aussies will experience a major depressive episode in a 12 month period. Women are more likely than men to seek help but even then only 35% of those with a mental illness will use a health service. Suicide is the biggest killer of young Australians and accounts for more deaths than car accidents (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2007). These statistics are not okay and I feel like this is where we can help.
Since having been diagnosed with depression in 2002 I’ve learnt more about my mental illness not only by research but by sharing my own thoughts and feelings with others. This time five years ago I wouldn’t have been confident enough to share what I am now, and if I could go back in time and tell myself that it was ok to feel how I did and I’d encourage myself to be more open and honest with my friends and to share my emotions with others.
I have given the people in my stories pseudonyms but they are real stories. I’m not creative enough to make up genius story lines like that. I’ve given most of them names of Marvel or DC Comics characters because to me, the people in my life are the real heroes.
Please note that I am absolutely not writing this blog to get sympathy or attention, gah, who would go to that much effort? Why would I want to draw attention to the fact that I wake up hating myself and I can’t enjoy life, no matter how much I worry about it? How on earth is that attractive? I’m doing this as a release and to most importantly help other people out there who are like me. The point of these blogs is expressing how I feel, not the specifics of who said what and when, it’s how I’m interpreting things in my own mind – which sometimes I don’t necessarily agree with!
You may notice there’s a link to a youtube clip at the end of each blog; think of it as the ‘talk song’ or the music that plays over the final credits. It just reflects on the blog, really. You should watch it! The playlist on youtube can be found here.
If you like what I say, thanks! If you don’t like it, thanks! Writing this blog has been a helpful and positive experience for me and I appreciate the support I’ve received. If you have a talent like public speaking or writing I encourage you to use it to help others or even write a blog yourself. The world can only improve with more education and understanding.