My guest today is a mental health blogger from Hampshire. She’s also a qualified mental health nurse and runs a successful Etsy shop selling small items designed to reduce the stigma around mental health problems, promote self care, body positivity and feminism.
She has struggled with anorexia on and off, for about 17 years and it was 5 years ago she was also diagnosed with bipolar disorder. After long periods of depression she started to experience bursts of mania. It was not long after this she started to blog. Her excellently written blog shares her journey from being a newly qualified mental health nurse (who has mental illnesses), to now talking about her career, personal recovery journey and experiences, alongside discussing general mental health and wellbeing.
It was last year when tragedy struck again and my guest was again diagnosed with anorexia, after a very quick and severe relapse. Her blog has again captured the subsequent recovery journey through day patient to outpatient.
She is passionate about raising awareness and speaking on these two very misunderstood illnesses. She hopes that her platform will contribute to a growing understanding giving others the confidence to access help and not feel so isolated.
I was delighted to welcome to the show Cara Lisette.