I’ve been thinking about a new series of posts I want to write that are a collaboration with other bloggers and I have come up with a series that I am going to call: ‘An Interview With …’. These posts are going to give us an opportunity to learn a bit about some fellow bloggers, make new friends, give each other support and realise that no one is alone. So I have come up with an interview style collaborative post in which I will ask a blogger questions and they will give their response in their own words.
The first in this series is An Interview with Becky.
I met Becky through Twitter (although we haven’t actually met in person … yet – I hope we do get to meet properly). I can honestly say that she is such a kind, genuine, lovely person that has an absolute heart of gold. She has given me so much help and support over the few months we have been speaking and is a real inspiration to me. She is so strong and courageous and I feel so privileged to call her a friend.
I am not going to say much more because I’m going to pass over to Becky to answer some questions so that you can find out more about her in her own words.
Hi, my name is Becky and I’m behind stronger together.
I created “stronger together” because when I was ill, it was a complete shock for my family and friends who had never experienced anything to do with mental illness before. They didn’t know what to say, how to help or what on earth was going on so I wanted to create something to provide them with information, experiences and support for them to be able to help! I had noticed that this information wasn’t there and that most people were thrown in the deep end, the support is there for the “patients” but nothing at all for everyone else who are going through it with them! I created stronger together to send out self care boxes , not only to the patients but the people supporting them, as they have dark days too and it seems like people don’t see how important they are! Without those people looking after us, we wouldn’t get through ourselves so I wanted to show them we do realise everything they do and that they are important too!
I started blogging earlier this year when I started the charity “stronger together”. I hoped that sharing my own experiences would make it easier for people to understand mental illness or people would feel more comfortable talking to me if I had also been open and honest. It has also helped me understand my feelings a lot more and I find it really helpful to keep note of certain times and events and how I was feeling through blogging! I chose the name of the blog and charity as I wanted something that would make people feel united and to remind people that you are not alone, because one of the the worst feelings is to be lonely and I wouldn’t want that for anyone!
I’m so amazed by the love and support I have received in such a short time. I’m so beyond happy that I have managed to reach so many people and hopefully made the smallest amount of difference. I always said that if I can just help one person then I’ll be happy, but I’ve had such incredible feedback and stories where people have told me how I’ve helped them which is so humbling. I’m so proud of everyone who has been part of this with me so far.
It has really helped me to understand my thoughts more and therefore start accepting them. It also really helps me to want to be more honest and open with my experiences and not feel ashamed by them, and the thought of helping other people do the same is just so wonderful to me! The charity has really helped give me a focus and work towards everyone I have been trying to do for years. The support and feedback keeps me motivated and makes me feel like I’m worth something again so I really need to say thank you to everyone who has helped me, supported me or wished me well, you will never know how much it has helped me in my own recovery.
I have recently started mental health chat groups in the West Midlands area so I’m hoping that will create support groups locally and an opportunity for other to share stories and experiences , no matter what the circumstances are. I wanted somewhere where both people going through something can go to get advice, or simply be around people that they know understand. It was also important to me that people who care for those people, so friends and family can also go and learn from others and understand better on how to help so they also have somewhere to go with any questions ! It was all because when I was ill, there was no help for my family and friends who were thrown into the deep end just as much as me , so I wanted to create that space for whoever needs it.
I also want to say a big thank you to Kathryn , for not only thinking about me for this blog, but for her help and friendship in the last few months. I’m so grateful!
Thank you Becky for your honest and open answers to the questions and for being the first person to collaborate with me for this series of blog posts. Thank you for being such a good friend!
Please check out Becky’s blog / twitter / Facebook and see the amazing work she does.
If you have any questions please get in touch with either of us and we’ll be more than happy to get back to you.
Hope you have all enjoyed this post.