End Mental Health Stigma

Just heard that the lead singer of Linkin Park, Chester Bennington, has committed sucide.

I know little of his music but I know how he inspired my friends and helped them through rough times.

Mental health is no joke.

Thousands of people have died of suicide this year, most notably Chris Cornell and now Chester Bennington.

We need to break the stigma that depression and suicide is an escape route for the weak. Because it isn’t.

Poor mental health can affect us all.

We need to unite and help each other. Offer an ear to those if someone wants to talk, listen to what a being said around us and try to help those who are showing signs of depression etc.

Depression and suicide doesn’t just affect those suffering from it. It affects those around them as well. Anyone who knows my history knows how being in proximity to suicide can affect a person.

If you can do anything today, help break the mental health stigma by supporting those around you.

If anyone on my blog ever needs someone to turn to, I’m here for you.

Please don’t suffer in silence

Cancer Awareness

I never talk about my health online but I want to now as it might help some people.
Earlier this week I found a lump near one of my testicles. I went to the Drs in case it was cancer and thankfully it’s simply turned out to be a swollen vein.

What i’m trying to say is check yourself. And if you find something don’t be embarrassed about going to the Drs.

I was lucky because it could have been cancer but I wouldn’t have known if I hadn’t gone to the Drs.

The Dr who saw me for a consultation today said “he’d rather spend 10 minutes and it be nothing, than 4 hours because it’s cancer”.

The NHS gets a lot of heat but it’s doing amazing things against remarkable odds, inside and outside the organisation.

I’m not embarrassed to tell you this because to me, if one of you do take my advice and do find something, then at least you’ve caught it early. I’ll take a little humility over someone getting a terminal illness anyday.

The Life I Want To Live

I ¬†know the type of life I want to live, even if to some it isn’t really a life.

The life I would like to lead is a more a collection of random mistakes that somehow fit together to make an adventure.

Despite all my interests in politics and world history, my biggest dream would be simply to get on a raft or small boat, push out into the ocean and see where I end up. Read More