I Experienced a Mental Health Crisis

My name is Ciara, I’m 24 years old, and on the 4th December 2016 I had a nervous breakdown. It doesn’t sound like something that could happen to young people, does it? I often thought a nervous breakdown was something people in their late 30s experienced as part of a ‘mid-life crisis’. It wasn’t anything […]

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An Open Letter to Myself – Resolutions

  I’ve written this post and deleted it three times since Friday 30th December 2016. Each time, I’ve been confident that THESE are the 500 words I want everybody to see, but then as soon as my mouse hovers over the publish button, panic sets in. It’s crap, Ciara. Nobody cares, Ciara. You’re talking to […]

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When Mental Illness & Physical Illness Collide

Over the last year and a bit, I’ve been quite unwell. Not just mentally, but physically too. I have written a blog post about this, but it isn’t finished yet as we still don’t have a diagnosis, and I’m also really scared to share that with the world at the moment! I’ve never really been […]

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24 Quotes for 24 Years

I don’t have much of an introduction for this because it’s already a million miles long, but it was my birthday yesterday and I wanted to share some of the quotes dear to my heart and what they mean to me. When you get to the end there’s a little competition to get involved in […]

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Friends and Mental Health

As you get older, I think your circles start to get smaller and you begin to drift from people you thought you’d be friends with forever. I made big circles of friends in primary school, secondary school and college, and now I only speak to one or two people out of each of those groups. […]

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The Dream Team

I find that one of the biggest problems I face on a daily basis is being able to sleep well. Nothing frustrates me more than staring at the ceiling for 6 hours before dozing off an hour before my alarm sounds. I’ve suffered with sleep problems for as long as I can remember. When I […]

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Loving Somebody With A Mental Illness

We all know I have anxiety and depression, because I think it’s ¬†important to talk about it, to keep the conversation going. It’s estimated that 9.7 in every 100 people in the UK have a mental illness, or have experienced one as of 2009, and it wouldn’t be untrue to say that a fair few […]

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Who I am

I am a person, with thoughts and feelings, likes and dislikes. There are things I enjoy doing and places I love going to. I am a daughter and a big sister. I’m somebody to lean on when times get tough, I’m a shoulder to cry on and I’m there to take the shit when it […]

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#ThatsMentalHealth – A Note From Me

This latest piece isn’t really a part of it, more a little note. TRIGGER WARNING: THIS BLOG POST CONTAINS DETAILS OF DEPRESSION. PLEASE BE MINDFUL BEFORE CONTINUING. I wasn’t going to write this blog, but I’m always messaged and tweeted and emailed because of my brutal honesty on my little space of the internet, so […]

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Loving Yourself – A Battle Never Won?

I remember the first time I looked at myself in the mirror and saw myself. I was standing in my bedroom at my granny and grandad’s house, in front of the full length mirror attached to the wardrobe door. It had glow in the dark stars around the edges, presumably stuck on by a family […]

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