Welcome to The Mind Escape Blog. I am a 20 year old Scriptwriting Student at Bournemouth University. I also happen to live with depression, anxiety and chronic illness, and as much as I hate talking about it(I don’t really even tell people about it), I think it’s important that I do. Both to help me to come to terms with it on a personal level, but also to break the stigma (particularly of mental health) and to help people (those with or without mental health issues) realise that it’s okay to acknowledge your feelings, to talk about it, and to ask for help. I know it sounds corny but it really is okay not to be okay.
I’d also like to point out that this blog is a work in progress but I really hope that as it grows it can be a place where I can be honest and feel comfortable and where people can feel understood, and not alone.
I have decided to start this blog for a number of reasons:
- I want to break the stigma of mental health. This is to me the most important thing. Like I mentioned above, mental health issues are things that people tend to keep bottled up and may even feel embarrassed to talk about. Some of us feel like we are causing trouble, or wasting someone’s time if we ask for help. It took me a long time to realise this, but this is not true and it’s not okay that we think that.
- Because of this, I am hoping for this blog to be personal, honest and real. I don’t want to tiptoe around things and I want people who read this to feel like they are not alone, like someone can relate to them and understand what they are going through. And that it’s okay to talk about how you are feeling.
- I also would like to use this blog as a self-help tool for myself, whilst hopefully making a difference to other people too. I want a way to reconnect with the world, understand myself more and become a more self-confident person. I literally want to be able to escape my mind and not be too stressed about things anymore.
- *Leading on from that, I will hopefully be using this as a way to document the rest of my Gap Year. A Gap Year is a great way to take a breather from life, and taking time out between school and university (or in my case between one university and another…long story) can be really important. Obviously it’s not for everyone, but it’s something I would definitely recommend doing if you’re thinking about it. So like I said, I thought it would be a good idea to have a project to take me through it and note down what I do, where I go etc.
*EDIT: My Gap Year has now ended and I’ve started my Scriptwriting degree at Bournemouth University. I’m planning from now on to talk about my experiences at university, and the other things going on in my life!
I also have a few other things I’d like to say about this blog. The main thing is-it’s still kind of an experiment! I’m hoping to write a lot of posts, but the reality is that might not happen, so I’ll just take it as it comes and see how it goes.
Also, actually deciding to start writing a blog was a much more difficult process than I thought it would be. For me, talking about myself doesn’t come easily, and the thought that others might judge me, or not like what I write genuinely terrified me (it sort of still does). But, I think that’s why doing this is so important, because I know that I shouldn’t care what people think of me. I wish I was that kind of care-free person, and I’m hoping that doing this will help me get a bit closer to that goal.
So after that long ramble, if you identify with anything I’ve said or may have found anything I’ve written remotely interesting then please follow my blog, as I’m hoping more things are to come. 🙂