Hi everyone, I’m Jo.
I’m a 18 year old aspiring female psychology/therapy student who wants to make a difference.
This blog covers everything from my experience with mental illness, tips and tricks for managing your own, and hopefully provides some comfort or support for those on the road to recovery. Here, I will share my story in the hope that it might help or inspire some of you!
Although I suffer from multiple mental health problems, including PTSD, Anorexia/bulimia, OCD and depression, I don’t treat my illnesses as a curse anymore – why should it hold me back in a society where 1 in every 4 people struggle with mental health? Some of the best counsellors I’ve known have been through the toughest of times, (believe me I’ve seen a fair few!).
I’ve recently spent 6 months being treated by the HOPE service based in Surrey (UK), which is a day/outreach programme for young people aged 12-18 with extremely complex needs or at risk of placement breakdown. This was after several hospital admissions due to my mental health problems – I was also admitted impatient to HOPE house children’s home twice in order to keep me safe.
Although being extremely challenging, eye opening and at times raw, HOPE has truely saved my life – I am so so grateful to them. Never have I ever come across such an amazing inspirational group of young people and staff. I finally found somewhere where I fitted in, found who I truely am, and found a place where there are people just like me!
I’ve also found my passion, and through HOPE I’ve been able to get involved with CYA (CAMHS Youth Advisors), a group of young adults like me who have all accessed mental health services who help advise on best practice/advocate for improvements. I’m very dedicated to destroying the stigma that still very much surrounds mental health and have found my happiness in helping others!
So take whatever crappy hand you’ve been dealt, and make it into something brilliant. One day, I will hopefully be working in the HOPE service as a therapist for other young people like me. I’m still in treatment and very much a work in progress, but that’s totally ok – recovery is possible and one day I can, and will beat this.. and you can too!
I really hope my blog inspires or helps even one of you.. lets get people taking about mental health! #1in4 – you are never alone.
“Strength is what we gain from the madness we survive”
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Dealing with mental health problems at any age can be tough, especially if you’re not sure where to turn for help. Maybe you’re finding it hard to talk to an adult, and would like advice from someone who’s been in your shoes? Or perhaps you’re worried about a friend, and not sure how to support them?
Our page provides comfort, reassurance, guidance, and information for young people, aged 18 and under, dealing with mental health issues or experiencing other difficulties, such as bullying or problems with self esteem.
If you’re struggling, and would like to speak to someone your own age for support, Just message the page directly to reach an admin to speak to. Whether you want a friendly chat, support in managing whatever you’re going through, or advice on where to go next – we want to help!
This is a peer support service, and all admins are under 18 (however do have some experience with the difficulties you may be experiencing). This page is run by teens, for teens – We aren’t professionals (and we aren’t here to lecture you!) we’re just here to lend a hand, and to let you know that you’re not alone in whatever it is you might be facing. We’re also happy to provide details of professional organisations if you wish, who can help you further along the road to recovery. Whatever the problem, big or small, pop up for a chat – we’d love to hear from you☺️
If you would like any more information or support, please inbox the page.