I woke up on Monday morning to news I had been shortlisted for a ‘This Week In Mentalists Award’ under the ‘Carer’ category. I was humbled, shocked and really grateful to have made the short list, especially to be up with what I consider to be, amazing bloggers. Never in a million years did I think my blog would have come this far when I started writing it two years ago this January. I entered the world of blogging for two reasons, firstly to respond to a Blog written by @mentalhealthcop and secondly because I was looking for a carers perspective on caring for someone with a mental illness. The latter I couldn’t find anywhere, so wondering if there may be other people out there searching for the same kind of thing as I, I set about writing my blog.
What started out first as writing down some of the experiences that Chris and I had been through within various mental ill-health situations then slowly became writing about how the girls and I deal with life living with Chris’ illness. Over time I was made aware of how my blog was broadening the views of people working in the mental health sector, how they were beginning to see a different side to family/friends/carers like me who go through so much alongside the person we care for. This for me was an achievement; it is lovely to think someone has been able to enhance their work within the mental health field around carer involvement down to having a different understanding because of my blog.
The last and biggest thing for me that writing this blog has given is an outlet, somewhere for me to write down how I feel and offload. It helps me to process what has happened, think about how it made me feel so I can move on without carrying such a heavy load. I would be lost without it now, I often wonder what I did before I entered the world of blogging, I am still not so sure. I just hope that I can continue to help others understand, provide support to those who like me already do because they walk the same kind of paths as I and it continues to be a place to offload, for me. For as long as that continues I will be happy and this shortlist has been an amazing bonus.