Mental Health – Jamies Story

December 2015, i was stood on a bridge ready to jump, I had decided that was my day to die. Instead of jumping I decided I was going to become an actor. January 2016, i walked into The Trinity Arts Centre, Gainsborough with apprehension and a little bit of fear. I was looking for Bill Rodgers, i had previously had a long telephone conversation with Bill. Bill runs a theatre company for people who either suffer with, have suffered with, care for someone or anyone connected to mental health. We had spoken for nearly 2 hours, about different aspects of my mental health, my favorite actors and films, what sort of comedy I liked and my favorite comedians. Bill told me about his long career on television and his Canadian wife Kate who is a comedian (and as I would later find out and absolute delight and fantastic lady). During the conversation and for the first time in a long time I felt comfortable. Back to 5th January 2015, I had walked through the door and was met by a thick Yorkshire accent “ey up lad you must be Jamie”, it was Bill, he introduced me to his wife Kate who for some reason i took an instant liking to, she has a warm and friendly personality, the kind that could warm up a freezing room just by walking through the door, we walked through into the theatre and after some more hello’s and hi’s to the rest of the cast i sat and listened to some of the material written by the guys and i was blown away. Inspired by what i had heard, i dived head first into rehearsal and worked as hard as i could, and within a matter of weeks i was an official member of Stepping Stone Theatre for Mental Health. Rehearsing week after week i finally felt i had found friends i could feel comfortable with. I attended different meetings and social events with Bill and even publicised the show on BBC Radio Lincolnshire along with Bill and another cast member Jared (Bill nicknamed us the queens). With Jared everything was funny, every comment became a sexual innuendo and i had a really good laugh. On 12th March 2016 i stood on stage in front of 140 people at Trinity Arts Centre along with the 12 other members of Stepping Stone and performed my heart out in our first groundbreaking show “Confessions of Me”, an experience i wouldn’t have thought i could have done without the guidance and support of Bill and Kate. Since then i have gone on to perform again with Stepping Stone in their second show “In a Nutshell” which was a bigger success than Confessions Of Me. Cast members have come and gone, some have gone on to do better things, others because it wasn’t for them. New members have joined and become part of Stepping Stone and i have made so many friends and over time those friends have turned into family, these are people i trust which i never thought i could do, they motivate, encourage and inspire me to do things i never thought i could do. Bill and Kate Have done so much for me and i would like to say a MASSIVE thank you, but also to the rest of the cast for making me feel part of the family that is Stepping Stone Theatre for Mental Health. Jamie My website My facebook My Twitter Share This:

Mental Health – Harrys Story

I woke up early. I had my coffee in the kitchen. I showered and dressed myself without outside encouragement. I left the house and took the bus alone. I went about my day, had lunch in Costa, met friends and came home. Enjoyed dinner with my family. I sat in the lounge and enjoyed some television before going to bed and falling asleep soon after. Today was a good day. I was able to take part in life. Share This:

Book Review – Life Beyond Chronic Pain by Jaime Heidel

I have been given this product as part of a product review through the Chronic Illness Bloggers network. Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this review remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company. I am not a big reader but when I was given the opportunity to read this book I jumped at the chance. Anything to do with chronic illness and pain is of interest to me. I found this book so interesting I literally read it all in one sitting! By reading this book Jaime made me feel like I wasn’t alone and it was lovely of her to tell her personal story to show others that they aren’t alone. She portrays herself as a very personable and relatable individual whose book I thoroughly enjoyed reading and will keep to one side to refer back to. Share This:

N:Rem foam mattress topper review

Disclaimer: I have been given this product as part of a product review through the Chronic Illness Bloggers network. Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this review remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company. I was so excited to hear I had the opportunity to review the N:Rem foam mattress topper. I suffer from neck and back pain majority of the time. Several of the nights my legs also ache, I can only describe it similar to growing pains when I was a child but more severe. I was thrilled to read that this mattress topper was “designed specifically for pain sufferers, all N:rem products are customisable to your exact needs.” (N:rem Website) This sounded like the perfect product for me. Share This:

Stress Free Thrive App – Review

When I was offered the opportunity to review the Stress Free application from Thrive free of charge for a month I jumped at the chance. I was asked for a review for their website in exchange for the free trial but because I have enjoyed using this app I thought I would also post about it on here. The ‘Stress Free’ app consists of several sections including breathing, meditation, deep muscle relaxation, self-hypnosis and the zen garden. I thought this would be beneficial for my mental health mainly my Anxiety by being able to relax myself. I also thought the deep muscle relaxation may be beneficial for the general pains I get in my limbs. Share This:

CBT for Anxiety – Part Two

If you read my last blog post you would know I started CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) for my Anxiety and issues around this. If you haven’t you can catch up with that here. I have recently had my first proper session of CBT, the previous sessions were discussing how my Anxiety affects my daily life. Whereas I have now started the actual therapy. We started by discussing what the session would entail and how long I felt I would need for each section. Now i totally understand why this is done so that we don’t go over the time limit but at the beginning it’s hard to imagine how long each conversation will need. Share This: