mental health

Champers Down the Rabbit Hole

*POPS CORK*

All in all, I have had a pretty good week.

As my current readers will know, I won my first award this week! I won ‘Young Volunteer of the Year’ in the ‘Making it Happen’ awards in Sevenoaks.

I can’t tell you how awesome it feels to have even have been nominated for an award, let alone to win it!

I started this blog in hope that it would be an outlet for me. I find writing therapeutic and it is a way for me to air my thoughts and get them onto ‘paper’. It just so happened that people started reading my posts. I continue to gain hundreds of new readers on a weekly basis and I’m close to 10,000 readers.

I still get messages from complete strangers from around the world who relate to my experiences and this really does make all of this worth it. To know that I’m not alone in all of this is half of my battle. It’s normalising mental health that I set out to do and it is happening. Slowly but surely conversations are happening and awareness is being raised. (victory dance).

I’m aware that there is a long way to go, but with your help we can do it.

I want to really thank everyone for your support, messages and help with my mission.

If you had asked me this time last year if I would be sat here able to say these things, I would have laughed. I would have told you that I was ‘just me’ and that I would never have achieved any of this. How wrong I would have been.

I really must stress how West Kent Mind have helped me to do all of this. I still suffer with a Mental Illness and it is something I still seek help for occasionally. With West Kent Mind’s support, I have been able to get back up and fight when I really felt like hiding away and giving up.

I have been lucky enough to have been to a few of their local classes and I would urge you to do the same, either with West Kent or your local Mind.

I went to their Art group where I met a really welcoming group of likeminded people. There was no pressure, no expectations, just friends. I’m by no means Picasso and my stick men are hardly ‘art’, but that didn’t matter. I sat down and took to a mindfulness colouring sheet.  I felt comfortable and most importantly for me; I was not alone.

I also attended a Creative Writing group, which I LOVED. A small group who meet in Tonbridge on a Thursday and have a cup of tea and talk about the writing they have done. Dave, who leads the class, was so friendly and welcoming. Going to a new place and meeting new people is a common struggle amongst anxiety sufferers, but I truly had no issue with this group. We sat and the group shared their recent work. These writers are so talented and I could have sat all day listening to the stories being conjured up.

Dave sets free time work for the group to work on at home, which is a brilliant idea. It is by no means obligatory, but it keeps minds busy, imaginations flowing and confidence building.

I have been fortunate enough for the group to have written me some pieces to use in my blog, watch this space!

I really want to thank everyone, again, for your support, your likes, your shares and for making this happen for me.

I have been nominated for another award this week and hopefully will be popping some more corks!

 

Stay with me here!

2 comments

  1. Well done Alice I am so proud of you. You have come so far. I am so lucky to have you as a member of Mind Boggling. You give love, encouragement and support to all our members. Keep up the great work. You are an amazing young lady.

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  2. Well done Alice!

    (I personally thought that I would get a mention, as I’m am always saying how brave and great she is, but alas!!)

    I was super happy about this. Alice is very down to earth and I was messaging her the day of the awards ceremony. Modesty shone through, as she wasn’t expecting to win, but she did and it’s deserved. Real open honest candid raw blogs from Alice each instance without fail. I can’t think of 1 blog I didn’t walk away from impressed and with thoughts swirling in my head.

    Starting to blog about your life is joining the Mental Health Revolution and there’s no turning back. It’s a serious decision.

    The content isn’t always roses and flowers, but that’s because Alice tells you about her Mental Health and you get good, bad and all.

    Joining the groups is brave. I’ve done that a few times and it’s always difficult when you take a seat for the first time. Well done girl.

    Alice is one of the first bloggers I found when I started to write. I am not near as good a blogger as Alice. Shes one of few I subscribe to.

    I could go on and on, but I’ll stop . Congrats to Alice and I think she’ll play a role in Mental Health and Psychology in the future. Let’s wait for that

    I want Alice to win more awards and that’s a serious possibility.
    See her FB and Twitter or Watch my Twitter endthestigma_ie as I tell you how you can get more awards, more nights out , Alice in her red dress again etc

    Great boost for the UK’s top blogger

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