Mental Health Awareness Week 2018

Mental Health Awareness Week 2018


Mummy says… I wrote my first Mental Health Awareness post a whole year ago – I can’t believe it has been a year. It was to support Mental Health Awareness Week, and it is here again 14-20 May 2018. So how am I getting on?….

Mental Health Awareness Week 2018

You can read about what happened to me last year in this post.

So, how are things now?

I am still on my medication and to be honest cannot imagine coming off them, they have made such a difference to me and my family. I was shocked when my doctor suggested I think about doing so last month.

My teens have been struggling. There has been a lot going on for us personally which I am just not ready to share here. Yet. They have had wonderful support from the GP, school / college and our local specialist CAHMS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) team. I urge anyone who is reading this post who has a child who is struggling with anxiety, stress, depression or mental health issues to contact the school and GP to start accessing a whole lot of support.

Teen daughter, following extensive tests has been finally diagnosed with Globus Pharyngeus which has brought her great relief and we can actually see her going to University in London in September now.

Teen son is almost done with his GCSE’s and has managed to attend every exam. After many meetings and close discussion with his school and the local authority, he was given certain allowances regarding attendance etc which removed massive pressure and worry for him and me. He has become happier, more positive and is quite excited about his future right now. He has been accepted for a Creative Media college course in September.

We have had a rough 18 months, but in keeping communication channels open between us, talking, and accessing the help and support that is out there – albeit with long waiting lists, as, like most things, they are heavily in demand, we are getting through this. We are getting stronger.

If you want to know more about Mental Health Awareness week, pop over to their website.

Do you or anyone in your family struggle?


  1. It’s great to read that your medication is still working it’s magic and helping you. Also fantastic to hear that both your teens are managing to deal with things a bit more easily now, what an understanding school and council to give your teen son attendance allowances.

  2. So great to hear more about mental health to bring it to the forefront. i can’t even imagine what it must be like to have teens going through this kind of thing

  3. So glad things are going well for you at the moment! CAMHs were so helpful to me personally while growing up – I’m glad they’re still as good! Xx

  4. You know from just reading your blogs we’ve been none the wiser to what you guys have been going through. I am glad you’re all getting there and good luck to the teens on the next step of their lives

  5. So good to hear that your teens are getting support from the school. It makes such a huge difference. I’m glad to hear you are doing well!
    Menna x
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  6. It sounds like you guys have come a long way. Glad to hear it is going well with both you and your teens.

  7. I’m really glad that the medication is helping you and I am so glad that you have a good support network around you.

    C x

  8. I am glad you are getting through this,I’m glad your medication is helping you xx

  9. Sorry to hear you’ve had a hard time. Life is just tough sometimes isn’t it. Glad your teens are doing well. Bet they are looking forward to their new courses 🙂

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