Mental Health

Reasons to Stay Alive


Its Monday, which I’d say half the world hates with a passion, so probably a fitting choice for World Mental Health Day. It is estimated by the World Health Organisation (WHO) that 450 million people have mental illnesses or disorders, and thats just the ones that are reported and treated, so it is extremely important to discuss as an international issue, rather than just a Westernised phenomena. Last year, I wrote about my eating disorder, you can read that here, but this year I thought I’d focus on another pertinent area, one interlinked with every mental illness, suicide and suicidal thoughts. This is inspired my my recent revised reading of Matt Haig’s Reasons To Stay Alive, after my mum met the writer and got me a signed copy, as well as some other fantastic books about mental health recovery, and includes some of my own experience.

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Embracing a Healthy Body

I have been roughly the same weight now, a healthy BMI of 20, for about a year now. This is something that at one point was inconceivable, as anorexia and bulimia destroyed my body and my mind over and over again, I was in a constant state of flux throughout my teenage years.

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New Beginnings

Earlier this year I decided it was definitely a time for some spring cleaning. Not in the actual cleaning sense (if you saw my bedroom you’d understand!), but instead I took a big long look at different areas of my life, and where I could clear out the clutter. This meant recognising the right things to let go of, and planning new things to replace them. 

This all sounds rather vague, deep and meaningful, but it really boiled down to four categories: my career, my studies, my living situation, and my blog.

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Reflections on Recovery

A scared, hollow shell of a girl wishes she was anywhere but here. ‘Here’ is a double disinfected table laid with a single low fat yoghurt, surrounded by anxious teenagers, sat across from a care assistant whose only known English word is ‘eat’, within a residential hospital unit in southern England, miles away from home. ‘Here’ is fear, loneliness, self-hatred, exhaustion, instability, depression, fragility, hopelessness. ‘Here’ is me just 4 years ago, in the depths of anorexia, where a Muller Light was scarier than the prospect of being pinned down to a hospital bed and force fed, and assuming this excuse for a childhood for the best part of 6 years. 

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The Trouble with Transitions

Change is hard for everyone, but I would say particularly in those with eating disorders. This makes any periods of transition difficult, so it is important to support sufferers going through big milestones in life, such as moving house or starting university. These are the circumstances in which I had to deal with both anorexia and bulimia whilst managing change.
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