I became depressed in 2012. I was diagnosed after I texted a friend in school from bed saying that I was going to kill myself. He told the school, the school rang my mother, and I was rushed to the local Children’s and Adolescents’ Mental Health Services (CAMHS). I was diagnosed almost immediately with depression.
I have attempted suicide twice, both around that time, and both fairly close together. I have had several depressive relapses, spent many weeks confined to my bed, and have questioned the point of life more times than I can count. I am still here, and I am happy.
Today is World Mental Health Day. In honour of that, here are some of my tips, from experience, on how to survive this horrible illness.
Two days ago, Chester Bennington, the lead singer of Linkin Park, committed suicide. He killed himself by hanging. Chester was just 41 years old. I was a huge fan of Linkin Park when I was younger. My brother and I would listen to their album all the time, on our tiny MP3 players.
One of the reasons I set up this blog was to write about mental health and my own experiences with depression, anxiety, etc. I hadn’t planned on writing a post about depression so soon, but then the news of Chester’s death broke, and after reading that a guitarist from Korn called Chester “a coward”, I felt the need to write this. Here are some common misconceptions about depression.
We’ve been having some great weather the past few weeks and it got me thinking about summer. I have mixed feelings. While everyone seems to love the (relatively) nice weather, the season also has a lot of low points. Here’s my official(-ish) guide to summer.
I recently had the pleasure of spending a few days in London with my girlfriend and our friend, and it got me thinking about the whole airport and flying process. Here is my official(-ish) guide to flying.