Dearest Someone, is a blog dedicated to sharing personal stories of mental health and wellbeing.
My name is Ella, and currently I’m 24 and I live in Birmingham. I grew up in Essex, with my wonderful family. I moved to Birmingham in 2011, and in 2014 I was diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). My journey through using mental health services began when I first accessed counselling in my final year of university, and although it has at times been incredibly tough, it has been rewarding and incredibly helpful in allowing me to understand my own experiences, and it really means a lot to me to be able to share my experiences with others.
When I was younger I used to spend ages writing, as a way to get things off my chest, I’d write poems, lyrics, and countless word documents filled with thoughts, experiences and general stuff. I was never cool enough, or organised enough to keep a daily diary, but I really found writing to be a way to help me make sense of things, and to help me offload. I began this blog partially as a way to say things that I wouldn’t be able to say out loud, but also for my friends and family to understand what I was experiencing. (A very public way to do that I know!)
The response this blog has received isn’t at all what I expected, and I’m so grateful to be able to share my experiences, and to have the opportunity to speak to and support others. Since starting this blog I’ve been able to work with several wonderful organisations working to end the stigma of mental illness, and I’ve been able to put the skills and knowledge I’ve learned through those opportunities into my daily work and life.
I hope to continue sharing my stories with others, and releasing my feelings. I regularly follow and track similar blogs, and individuals and it is a very positive action for me – I’m hoping that this blog will help to raise mental health awareness – offering support and a sense of understanding.
Please do get in touch, and I hope you enjoy reading what I have to say! 🙂
Thanks for dropping by!