Mental Health For Millenials 4

What is Mental Health for Millenials? Mental Health For Millenials bookseries started by Dr. Niall Mc over at Book Hub Publishing. People are invited to write a chapter that links in with a certain theme. Three books have already been published, number 4 is coming on Saturday – World Mental Health Day. So… what’s new? Last year, Niall asked me to write a chapter for book 4, on wellness and well-being. Had a few ideas in mind, but ended up writing a chapter about our homelessness last year. It was still fresh and a little raw so I could dive right back into my feelings at the time. You can read small bit here: I slept most of the days when the toddler had gone to preschool and ever so slowly, I came back to myself. Days in the hotel turned into weeks. Thankfully we had the savings to pay for the hotel room, but READ MORE

29. World Suicide Prevention Day

Trigger Warning: Suicide Yesterday was World Suicide Prevention Day. Even though it has been 5 years since my last suicide attempt, it is still very much present in my life these days. Thankfully, I got saved and found on time. If you’d have told me then what I know now, I wouldn’t have believed you. A lot has happened in the last 5 years. Since then, I broke up with then boyfriend, moved to Ireland, and I have a baby and a business. It really gets better. Don’t worry, I do realise I am very lucky. I wouldn’t have been here to live my dreams of owning businesses and having children if it was up to me at the time. However, it’s okay to not be okay. I have lost a couple of friends to suicide over the last couple of years, ones that eventually did lose the battle with their minds. They’re not weak, READ MORE

25. It’s #TimeToTalk (about academic anxiety).

Today is the first Thursday of February, not only known as Groundhog Day but also as Time To Talk Day. I started writing this article at Uni earlier, but finishing it now on the blog. If I say “I’m fine” I’m lying. Especially if nothing else follows that sentence or I start random small talk. If I say “I’m okay” I’m actually doing alright. To me, “how are you?” or “are you okay?” are often the worst questions someone can ask me. When it’s an acquaintance asking I will lie if I’m not feeling so great. When it’s a friend or someone I trust asking those questions I might just burst into tears. Tears are a sign I’m not okay. I don’t cry and I definitely don’t cry in public. My anxiety rose after I started university last September. I know I could write (and I love writing) but I choked when it came to READ MORE