mental health

Award Nomination for Positive Role Model in Mental Health

I know I’ve mentioned it once, maybe twice or a thousand times but I cannot believe someone has nominated me for an award, let alone as Positive Role Model in Mental Health. I’m so excited. I don’t believe I could win, but if we can get mental health, specifically personality disorders into the shortlist it could be such a positive thing for raising awareness.

Here’s my bio & a huge thank you to my friend Jess who nominated me. Thank you to everyone who has already voted but if you haven’t & would like to you can click here to vote for me. Every vote counts and it only takes 2 minutes.

My 2 favourite votes so far have to be from my daughters. I know they are biased but it means so much to me

This is Laila’s, who’s 8 years old, talking about the work we do with Big Life Journal

This is Millie’s vote who is 11 years old

I am a married mum of 2 girls, raising awareness for mental health. I have Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder & Generalised Anxiety Disorder. I have recently started blogging as therapy

I have suffered with depression & mental health for many years. I started my life long journey with anti-depressants at 16 & other than a few small breaks & now some extra medication thrown in for good luck, I’m still taking them.

Having already lost my husbands parents early into our family life, it was when I lost my mum in 2015 to ovarian cancer that I began to deteriorate. I then had a planned hysterectomy to reduce the risk, which also meant I went into early menopause at 32. I took on the Edinburgh Rat Race Mighty Deerstalker with 2 friends & raised over £2000 for Ovarian Cancer Action so she is on their tribute wall. I also lost my best friend to suicide in 2016 which was when my symptoms deepened further as I lost the 2 people closest to me. Last year, I took part in the Manchester half marathon, with a recent diagnosis of asthma, I did have to work for lots of it, but we raised over £800 for SOBS, survivors of those bereaved by suicide. I work for an amazing charity called Good Things Foundation which helps people live better lives through digital. So we work with digital & social inclusion. I recently helped Sheffield Flourish & Sheffield Mental Health Guide with their Urgent Care website page & want to do more in my community & nationally. I want to set an example for my children & others to remove the stigma of mental health & also help raise awareness of therapy, suicide, ovarian cancer & bereavement. I share my experiences, hoping it will help others, but also enable people to speak out & find ways of seeking treatment & help quicker.

Thank you if you have chosen to vote for me,

Sarah x

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