So while at work today I have seen the hashtag #GetTheInsideOut flying around. So after looking into this I realised it was to help those suffering with mental health. Straight away I knew I had to be involved as the whole reason I started this blog was to stamp out the stigma which surrounds the illness and this hashtag is working hand in hand with my goal!

Lloyds Bank and Mental Health UK have launched a new TV advertising campaign on Channel 4 to encourage more people to feel comfortable speaking about mental health.

“Too many people living with a mental health problem feel isolated and misunderstood. Yet we all have mental health so the more we talk and listen, the easier it becomes for everyone. This campaign will help get mental health out in the open, where it belongs”

– Brian Dow, Managing Director of Mental Health UK

The adverts feature Lloyds Bank colleagues, members of the public and celebrities – including Professor Green, Jeremy Paxman, Rachel Riley and Alex Brooker – playing a variation of the ‘Who am I?’ sticky-note guessing game, to explore the common misconceptions about living with a non-visible disability using the hashtag #GetTheInsideOut.

There have been a few familiar faces who have taken part already and as a result we can raise the awareness of people suffering with mental health and show this is not something to be ashamed of.  Remember You are not alone!

Lloyds Bank conducted research* with Mental Health UK and found that 67% of people in Britain feel society is more comfortable talking about mental health conditions now compared to 5 years ago. However, 3 in 4 still believe there is a significant stigma attached to people with mental health conditions, and nearly a quarter are still uncomfortable talking about mental health with a friend or family member.

This is something which I do feel very passionate about as I suffered for many years not speaking to anyone as I was ashamed. No one ever understood, I would go to counselling sessions in secret only my closest of friends would know where I have been but I would never really go through the ins and outs. I would just smooth over it like it was nothing.

It wasn’t until February last year when I was taken into hospital that I started to open up to those around me, even then it wasn’t an easy thing to do. It has always been something I have struggled with, people would never understand and even still now this is something which is not understood by lots of people… this is what saddens me, as some don’t even want to be educated and just want to believe that this is someone choosing to be a ‘victim’ this is NOT the case. We all want to be better and don’t want to be known as the girl/boy suffering with mental health!

It took me over 10 years to even speak about my thoughts/mental health and finally I have got the strength to speak aloud and this is all thanks to my mental health nurses at the Radbourne Unit in Derby. The NHS were able to provide me with a lot of support and I couldn’t be more indebted to these women.

Mental health is something which affects most of us at some point in our life and yet we shy away from speaking up. Take some time to speak to someone you care about and open up get those feelings inside out, it is more important than you think! You are not alone and remember that you are important and relevant. I challenge you all to take a selfie with a post it note on your head, with the hashtag #GetTheInsideOut. Then share this on your social media accounts to show your support and help those suffering show that we do care!

If you do take your selfie please tag me, to show how this post has encouraged you to take part!! 

Here is mine!


I look forward to seeing your pictures!


Give credit, where credit is due


You deserve more credit than you give yourself!

The way we live our lives has changed over the past 10 years with the introduction of social media. While going through the many feeds of social media, speaking to friends and family it can lead you to feeling inadequate. Everyone seems to have an achievement or something good happening in their lives, whether that’s a new job, getting engaged, having a baby or a promotion at work.

It may be that these are fronts which are being put out to the world but it does have an impact on us. I know it does me from time to time and even makes me want to delete all those social media accounts and hide away from the world. The created success of others leads us feeling defeated and reflecting negatively on ourselves.


For most of us with mental health issues we are in survival mode trying to make it through the day. I use every ounce of energy I have to get out of bed, go to work and do my job! I never have enough energy left over to do anything else like go to the gym, go for a run or make time to meet someone new. For some of us it is just a case of trying to make it through each day and survive.


Yes, we do have achievements just like everyone else but these can look different in the eyes of others. There is a lot that be a challenge for thos suffering with mental health and well some days getting out of bed is an achievement in itself. I know it can be a hard test when I am feeling fatigue and not wanting to face the ‘perfect‘ world, people staring at me and thinking ‘Oh there she is, crazy girl!’. Getting out of bed is an achievement and even though it seems like a basic task to Joe Bloggs this is something which I am hugely proud of.

Some of my examples of my successes are;

  • Going to sleep at a reasonable hour – actually being able to fall asleep that is!
  • Learning to say ‘no’ to someone and do something for yourself.
  • Dragging myself to see the GP when I am feeling lower than ever knowing that I don’t want to speak about my feelings to some stranger.
  • Showing up to work.
  • Taking my medication every day without fail.
  • Not having to force myself to have a shower.

An achievement is simply doing what’s best for you. It’s continuing to stay alive, whatever is thrown our way and look after ourselves. It is all about self-care!

Do not compare yourself to others, you don’t know their story!

*All my own photos