She was several degrees over the madness horizon and accelerating…
– Terry Pratchet
I was born and bred in Brisbane, Australia. No, we don’t ride kangaroos to school and yes, the wildlife is trying to kill us – but no more so than our Prime Minister. I come from a large but poor family who taught me the importance of kindness and equality.
I spent my early years dreaming of fairies and pink, my middle years dreaming of skulls and rebellion, and my teen years had me come into my own as I developed a passion for learning, social activism, working with children and baking. Currently I am studying Primary Education and working on my health.
But despite how I’ve changed through early childhood to young adulthood, some things never change. I have always been strong willed with a burning desire to help others.
And that is what has allowed me to survive the last year, with my love of others giving me the motivation to keep going day after day with my severe Bipolar, and my strong mind making it possible.
That, and one important thing. My family.
My family who is literally crazy. Who has multiple people in each generation getting sick with mental illness, including my own father, and his brother who lost his life to it. Being raised in a family were mental illness ran so rampant granted me one thing: I never learnt to view mental illness as anything other than illness.
I never learnt that I ought to be ashamed, I learnt that speaking up keeps people alive. I never learnt that I was weak, I learnt that dealing with this shows my strength. I never learnt to view people as their illness, I saw the beauty in them and I see the beauty in me.
And I want to share this gift with others.
By writing about my experiences living with Bipolar I hope to make it easier for others to speak about theirs. I hope to educate others on the realities on mental illness.
Ultimately, I want to break down the taboo that causes the ill to shoulder the burden alone.
I strive to create a world where those struggling with mental illness will be treated with as much respect, kindness and dignity as anyone else.
I hope you’ll join me.
While I thank you for the care behind the thought, I don’t appreciate any advice or help.
I am not a healthcare professional and none of my advice should be taken as such.
I discuss subjects such as suicide and psychosis. Consider this your trigger warning.
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