Who am I and why crazed and confused?

I’m a 30-something mum who has faced mental health problems since my teenage years. Over the past few years I’ve had a number of diagnosis: anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress, obsessive-compulsive disorder and post-natal depression to name a few (more on labels later).

When I’m at my best you can expect to find me working in a demanding profession, going to exercise classes, baking cakes and spending quality time with my family. I’m chatty, amiable and always smiling (which seems to surprise people when they find out I have mental health problems).

When I’m at my worst you can expect to find me sleeping 12 hours at a time, unable to work and hiding from my friends. I’ve been suicidal and unable to see any good in my life. Getting out of bed, showering, eating: it’s all too much.

My goal is not only to overcome my own mental health problems but to push forward the mental health agenda so that mental health becomes as important as physical health. That means better funding, better understanding and less stigma.