This week is World Suicide Prevention Day and one of our Beingwell family members shares their vulnerable personal experience. Trigger warning: This blog contains references to suicide and suicidal thoughts. My nervous breakdown wasn’t spectacular, it wasn’t urgent, or explosive, nor full of frothy emotions. It was a gradual, terribly slow, falling over sidewards. So slow in fact that I barely registered it until I had a few dozen paracetamols in my hand and suicide in my tho
When it comes to talking about our mental wellbeing, opening up can feel daunting and difficult. Many of us worry that the conversation will be awkward and uncomfortable, we’ll say the wrong things, or we’ll come across as rude. Some of us often feel we are burdening another with our woes. Being open, and having a support system in place for when things do get tough can be so beneficial for everyone, and especially those struggling with their mental health. When we talk about
1.3 million people in the UK have bipolar. That's 1 in 50 people.  Bipolar is one of the UK’s most common, long-term conditions. There are almost as many people living with bipolar as cancer (2.4%)! It’s also more than twice as common as dementia, epilepsy, autism, arthritis, and learning disabilities.  It takes on average 9 years to get a correct diagnosis of bipolar and there is a misdiagnosis an average of 3.5 times. Shocking, eh?  So, what is bipolar disorder?