Being a Father with a Mental Health Difficulty by Johnny Hunt, See Change Ambassador Writing this has been a real challenge for me. My mental health issues do not define who I am as a person or parent I’m just me take it or leave it. When you have your issues to deal with,...Read More
What it’s really like to live with Bipolar Disorder by Holly Fehily, See Change Ambassador August 2019 is a time I will never forget; it was a time I felt like my world was falling apart. I had just been diagnosed with bipolar disorder – a chemical imbalance in the brain that causes me...Read More
The judgement I experience living with Bipolar Disorder by Izabella McKeown, See Change Ambassador There is still stigma attached to having a mental health condition like Bipolar Disorder. People imagine you as someone dangerous and a person they can’t trust. I was first diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder when my daughter was just one years old....Read More
Living with Bipolar Disorder by See Change Ambassador, Bernadette Crawford “Life can be fairly chaotic living with Bipolar disorder. Struggling through the lows of depression and the highs of mania. However, through it all I attempt to stay on the ‘bus’ of life, maintain my self-care and eventually it all passes and I live a...Read More
Othering by See Change Ambassador, Sinéad Keating I used to think that stigma was clear, that it was saying that mental illness doesn’t exist, people should just make an effort, think positively, calling others with mental illness crazy etc. Over several years after my diagnosis of Bipolar 2, I began to realise that stigma was...Read More
Living with Bipolar Disorder by See Change Ambassador, Holly Fehily My name is Holly, I am 27 years old and I live with bipolar disorder type one. Bipolar disorder can look different on everyone, behind every diagnosis there’s a different story to tell. I was diagnosed in my early 20’s. I can go from periods...Read More
My Experience with Bipolar 2 Disorder by See Change Ambassador, Cathy Shah Having suffered with symptoms of bipolar 2 disorder for over fifteen years, my hope in making this piece for See Change is to give people some understanding of how it feels in the different phases of this complex mental health illness....Read More
Why Self-Advocacy Matters by See Change Ambassador, Sinead Keating I was diagnosed with bipolar more than 12 years ago at the age of 21, 10 years after my first episode. Since my diagnosis self advocacy has been a central part of my mental health care. Shame, stigmatising preconceived ideas, and judgement about mental illness is, in my...Read More
Self-Care During a Global Pandemic By Sinéad Keating “When I initially thought about writing something for Green Ribbon 2020 I had presumed it would be centred around being pregnant with twins while having bipolar disorder. That experience alone has been overwhelming in a way I never could have imagined. But having that same experience in the...Read More
Tim O’Connor is a See Change ambassador from Limerick. He is a mental health advocate and also works in the mental health sector. After years of working in other job’s, Tim has found his work in mental health the most...Read More
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