Mental Health

Mental ill health can touch anyone

This is a heart-felt piece that includes true life stories of people I met in mental health hospitals with reference to self-harm and suicide. This is done with sensitivity but please take this into consideration before reading. What do you visualise when you think of a person battling mental health…

Gemma Oaten on Eating Disorder Awareness Week

Eating Disorder Awareness Week. Well, It’s that time of year again. Where did the time go? I remember my Dad always saying “The older you get the quicker time flys Gem!” He’s so right. Makes me realise how long a journey it’s been. To get to this position I’m in…

Spot the signs and take action.

1 in 4 of us experience mental ill health at any time. So statistically, if you are stood with three of your mates, one of you is going to be struggling. But remember, these stats are only based on those that have been diagnosed. How many of us fight through…

New Year’s Revolution!!

The New Year’s Revolution!   At midnight our previous year flashes before us as our New Year appears as a welcoming window of hope. We hug and kiss loved ones, chink glasses and promise new resolutions. We do so for the sake of tradition but if we look at hard…

SEED: Dealing with Christmas – Gemma Oaten

Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat… That Christmas song used to put the fear of god in me. There I was dreading the day of the 25th December fast approaching. Tormented inside and out, not sleeping, on edge, and some little kids are stood at my front door…

My Mental Health does not define me

Who can say life is easy? It’s not. It’s full of so many challenges and every time we learn the game, the rules change. Mental health issues run in the family but I never realised that I was a loaded gun that could fire at any time. Around the age…