Do you struggle with mental health?
If you struggle with mental health issues – whether as a direct sufferer or a friend or family member supporting them – then you’ve come to the right place!
Pushing Back the Shadows is all about supporting people going through mental health struggles while informing and educating people with little to no experience of mental health issues. We are a community for encouragement, motivation and support for everyone who is struggling.
My Journey: Sufferer to Blogger
My name is Alex Davies and I started blogging about my mental health in September 2016. After being diagnosed with depression and anxiety in August 2016, I found I struggled with how other people interacted with my mental health conditions. No one seemed to quite understand what it was and how it affected me. So I wanted to raise that awareness for mental health.
With that desire, I started a small blog for friends and family of mine, called Before the Morning. It was a way of communicating how I was feeling, what therapies and offering explanations behind some of the things I did because of my mental health. In short, it was helpful. There was no support for families or friends, really.
That was where the dream came in.
In May 2017, I founded Pushing Back the Shadows. A hub of support for people struggling with mental health issues or their friends and family. I write about my journey, some of the things that help me and much more. In our Friends and Family section, I aim to raise awareness of some of the key issues surrounding mental health, to enable family members to support their loved ones and to put an end to stigma.
So now I write for Pushing Back the Shadows, running blog posts, videos, podcasts and more to allow people to understand mental health better. I want to support people. I want to end stigma! The world needs to be made more aware of mental health issues.
Will you join me?
Are you a mental health sufferer?
Do you struggle with depression, anxiety, insomnia, bipolar or something I haven’t mentioned? Here is a collection of some of our best posts for you. Find some encouragement either through my journey or through the experiences of others or simply through some of our encouragement posts. Take a look:
- My Journey: Alex’s journey through the shadows.
- Jeremy – The Interview: an honest, heartfelt account of a man’s struggle with mental health.
- Something to Hold Onto: people tell you to “hold on”…but what to?
- Practise the Pause: episode 5 of the PBTS Podcast, looking at the importance of quiet time.
- One For the Guys: are you a guy struggling with mental health? That’s OK, you’re allowed to be.
- You Have a Purpose: “Having a rough day? Place your hand over your heart. Feel that? That’s purpose.”
- Glowsticks: sometimes, like the glowstick, we have to break before we can shine.
- Relapse: what do we do with relapses? How do we handle it?
Are you the friend or family of a sufferer?
If 1 in 4 people struggle with mental health issues, 3 in 4 people know someone who does. Do you feel like you’ve got no support? Like mental health is an unfathomable ocean that you don’t know how to deal with? Don’t worry, Pushing Back the Shadows aims to equip you with everything you need to know. Why not start with these:
- Talking Things Through: how do you get those all-important mental health conversations going?
- Masks and Masquerades: sufferers wear masks a lot but why do they?
- For Friends and Family: a guest post by Theresa Larsen, the parent of a self-harming child.
- Judy – the Interview: professional counsellor Judy Woolfall gives us her thoughts.
- Depression, Friendships and Family: episode 3 of the PBTS podcasts looks at those relationships.
- About Self-Harm: why do people self-harm? What drives them to it? What do they get from it?
- The Onus – We’re Here For You: what is “the onus” and why do we need to stop it?
- The Harrowing Void: what happens when someone gets stuck in a depressive spiral? Let’s look.
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