You’ve probably heard that we are holding a #TeaAndTalk event this Friday 12-2 at Station House, ahead of World Mental Health Day on the 10th October.
It came about from our planning meeting. At Blue Sky we meet regularly to discuss local and national events, news and awareness days and plan content for our clients to link in to these, where appropriate.
Having a major whiteboard sesh (who knew I had an inner teacher? Loving our whiteboard wall and plethora of pen colours) with WMHD at the centre it soon became apparent (through a multitude of arrows, links and circles) that ALL our clients had a potential link with mental health…
From sports mindset to hypnotherapy to wellbeing at work, mental health is absolutely centric to our personal health, success and happiness.
What happens in our heads IS what is happening to us. I know there are some amazing initiatives and campaigns around talking about mental health but there still seems to be a stigma around talking about our own.
When I was 16 I was so severely agoraphobic that I was unable to leave the house. Normal life was not something I participated in. I remember being gripped by a panic attack so severe in the local corner shop after a decline from anxiety at school (I was bullied and never really fitted in) through to panic attacks in social situations that I decided that I would be best to stay in. Forever.
16 year old girls aren’t known for their communication, but things did reach crisis point and I admitted to my family where I was at, and that is when things changed. I was, and still am, extremely lucky to have the most amazing parents and family and the luxury of access to the best medical care so that once I admitted how bad things actually were, my recovery started.
It wasn’t an easy journey or a quick fix. I really did invest in educating and working on my mental health. I think I have experienced every type of therapy known to man – traditional, alternative, spiritual and some frankly crazy ones.
I’ve just turned 36 so I guess this post comes at my 20 year anniversary of talking about my own mental health.
The one thing I have learned is that having been through something like that isn’t a bad thing, it’s a good one. Being aware of your own mental wellbeing from an early age sets you up for a lifetime of looking after yourself and looking out for others. Talking openly about my own experiences allows others to discuss theirs and that can only be a good thing.
I’m proud that run a business, have two amazing daughters, participate fully (ahem) in my social life and spend my time doing things that seemed completely impossible to my 16 year self. If I could go back I would say to me, ‘it all works out in the end.’
So I came on here to write about Friday and I have ended up on a bit of a tangent but I hope it helps one person who may be struggling to see light at the end of the tunnel.
So what IS happening on Friday? It is an informal get together 12-2 at 6 Station House in Warrington. I’d like people I know and people I don’t know to come and meet the Blue Sky team, have some nice refreshments and hear from our speaker Jeanette Jackson who is kindly coming along to demo one of her amazing smoothie recipes for wellbeing.
If you would like to come you can drop in anytime, ideally if you could inbox me on here or comment below or email firstname.lastname@example.org so we know how many to cater for that would be great!
Thanks for reading!