I’m back! With a very slight tan, having gained at least half a stone and a severe case of Monday morning resentment. It’s safe to say our holiday was simply fantastic, just what the doctor ordered. We’ve eaten well, relaxed in the sun and drank far too many liquid calories! That said I really can’t express just how fantastic it’s been to spend some quality time with my boys.
But like all good things it must come to an end. Monday signifies the end of my holiday but it also means it’s time for New Blogger on the Block.
This series is all about showcasing the fantastic new talent on offer in the blogosphere. Each week I’ll be handing over the floor to my guest blogger as we get to know them a little better. This week it’s all about Becky from Shatter the Stigma.
Please take a minute to introduce yourself and your blog.
Hi I’m Becky. Depression sufferer. Mum to two adorable and cheeky young boys. Wife to an amazingly supportive husband. And secondary school teacher, a job that has always inspired me. Twice in my life depression has struck me down and affected my day to day life. I have been struggling with the latest episode for the last 9 months. My blog is called “Shatter the Stigma: Depression”. It is an account of my own experiences with depression. It explores what it is like to live with this illness. It shares how I cope being a Mum and a teacher whilst having a mental health condition.
What made you decide to start blogging?
Whilst I have been unwell with depression I have suffered from lots of stigma associated with the illness. Some people have been very judgemental. Some have shown a major lack of understanding and held some misconceptions. The aim of my blog is two fold. One to show fellow sufferers they are not alone. To give them comfort. To give them hope. The other is to help explain what it is like to have a mental health concern so that more people may truly understand and the stigma can be shattered.
What’s your biggest blogging achievement so far?
My husband decided to share my blog on Facebook with my friends and family. I was shocked, confused and hurt at first. But the reaction has been staggering. Friends and colleagues have praised me for my honesty. Declared me as brave for my openness. People who were also struggling have contacted me to thank me. Others have even started opening up to me. It is like they feel they can share with me because I understand.
Is there a particular blogger who you look up to?
I’m really new to the blogging world so until now I haven’t really looked into other people’s blogs either. I love the blogs promoted by Time to Change. Rachel Kelly’s blog is also a mix of perspectives which seems to really help people. A Beautiful Chaos is someone whose blog I have recently started looking at via contact on Twitter. It staggers me how far some people have come with their blogs. It is an inspiration and a guide.
Which one of your posts are you most proud of?
My post “Shatter the stigma: the real reasons behind why I self-harm“ I am very proud of because I am completely open and honest about how and why I self-harm. Sharing this with friends and colleagues scared me as it is like baring my soul to the world.
Where do you see your blog in 5 years?
I never really considered writing a blog. I wrote a book! However, I haven’t had any luck with anyone publishing my book. When Rachel Kelly invited me to write a blog for her I thought I would give it a go. Since then (only 4 weeks ago) I haven’t looked back. I have loved pouring my emotions into the written word. Firstly I blog for me. It is helping my recovery. I would love to reach more people so that it can help them. I would also like to write a book one day, that is actually published!
Random Question – What came first, chicken or the egg?
God. Sorry not a normal response! I am a Catholic and I do believe that God created the world (via the big bang). For me therefore God created the animals and everything in the world.
One thing which stands out about Becky’s blog is her honesty. It takes a lot of bravery to blog about mental health so I completely understand her initial reaction when her husband shared her blog. Having strangers read your work is one thing but those who we actually see is a completely different ball game, especially when the topic is so sensitive. Becky’s blog is beautifully raw, it’s emotional and a must read for anyone who has been or is currently affected by mental health.
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