Saturday, February 06, 2016

Let's Chat: Stigma and Where I've Been

Hi! Long time no see, right??

If you don't remember, my name is Charli and I run To Another World... sometimes. I wouldn't be surprised if I've been a little bit forgotten!

So, for the last 9 or so weeks I've been in a mental health adolescent unit - my anxiety issues spiraled far out of control and a medication went a bit wrong. I'm being very open about it because I figure, how do we get rid of stigma without someone talking about it?

People see these units like old asylums, and I assure you they are nothing of the sort. They are like communal living, essentially - individual bedrooms, shared kitchen, dining room and lounges. The staff are lovely and supportive; and the patients are some of the best people I've ever met.

Yes, there are incidents and alarms and it becomes hard some days; but my experience has been enlightening and helpful. We have about 5 types of therapy each week, as well as lessons, and it's been great.

Back to me. I'm getting discharged on Wednesday! So, hopefully I'll gradually be back to blogging; I have about 3 months of schoolwork to catch up on, but I want to try, because blogging is something I am still firmly in love with.

I love you all, and thank you for the support;
Charli