This week I'm posting my story of living with mental illness. I've chosen the title 'Living in Cloud Cuckoo Land' as that was how people have described me for many years. Ruby Wax has had a baby, the little fella is called Black Dog Tribe. One in four people suffer from mental illness. This means chances are you've had some degree of mental illness in your life.
Living with mental illness is hard as is speaking openly about it. What will people think of you? Will they see you differently? After all there's a stigma attached to it. A 'behind closed doors' vibe. It's time for a change. Be brave, speak out, join others and help change the stigma - mental illness is not something to be ashamed of.
Four years ago I was told that I have a borderline personality disorder. I was given no information on it or follow up help. I haven't been able to bring myself to Google it so I carry on blissfully unaware.
Over the next four days I will be briefly telling the story of my life with a mental illness. I'll be touching on how I left home at 16 years old to move in with a 45 year old man, how I have never been able to hold down a job, attempted suicide, post natal depression, how I came to abandon six of my eight children and how I dropped a Court Case against my second husband over allegations of rape after I was told that my mental health would have to be openly discussed in Court and how I cope very well now. To summarise it's going to be tough reading, I'll do my best to sprinkle some comical wocka wocka in amongst it in places but I'm not making any promises...
BritMums are holding a Q&A with Ruby and word on the street is that Ruby is " pretty much up for anything"question wise, be it about Black Dog Tribe, depression or simply to ask where she gets her fabulous lipstick from. If you'd like to head over to the discussion page on BritMums and offer up a question that you'd like answered then you have until Wednesday!
If you'd like to show some support for Black Dog Tribe then you can follow them on Twitter and send them a tweet of support, like them on Facebook or go one step further and add this 'badge' to your blog.
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And now I'm off to swig gin and quite literally deck the halls with bows of holly... I'm almost feeling festive but not quite fully there yet - Ho Ho No!