This is a post that I think that I will revisit and update from time to time. I’ve been wondering how to make this hang together but in the end, I decided to post as several separate thoughts, on what this blog can and cannot offer or be. I hope this doesn’t come over strangely. These things seem important to express about what I’ll write here, though all quite different from each other.
I am not a medical professional. I am writing from my own thoughts and experiences of living with several mental (and physical) health diagnoses, including borderline personality disorder, and of caring for / about loved ones with mental health difficulties. What I post is my personal experience and opinion only. If I describe certain experiences, thoughts, behaviours, I am doing just that – describing them, not advocating them. I may discuss what has and has not helped me, and again this is very personal – I do not intend this as direction to anyone else or to say that such-and-such an approach will help everyone. This path has taught me clearly that no two people’s experiences and needs are alike no matter how similar they may seem on the surface.
I hope that what I write may help someone. I hope that if this blog generates discussion (for example, in the comments) this will also help people. But because I am not a health professional, this cannot be a place to find treatment for particular problems and particularly not emergency assistance in a crisis. I hope that anyone who is visiting this site who is struggling or feeling unwell or in crisis will also be able to access face to face medical support. Having said this, I may put together a separate post containing resources and contact details of organisations and support networks that I have found helpful in times of crisis – or indeed, at any stage of living with mental ill health.
Please bear in mind that information you share in comments and posts on here is publicly visible. For this reason I myself will be very cautious about disclosing personally identifiable information and specifically will not divulge my full name, where I live or the specific service within which I receive treatment. I would encourage everyone who posts here to be similarly cautious. Having said this, I will always keep confidential anything that you tell me in a message, the one exception to this being if I believe that you are about to harm yourself or another.
The frequency with which I update this blog will vary. This is for many reasons, including my varying mental and physical health and the fact that I work part time in a stressful job. This also means that I may not always be able to respond to every message or post, or may not be able to respond promptly. If I do not respond promptly, please do not feel that I am choosing to ignore you. That is not my intention and I am very thankful for any posts, messages etc that anyone wishes to take the time to share, and I value these contributions. I may simply not be able to reply right now. I ask for your patience and understanding and I am sorry that I may not be able to reply as quickly as I would like to.
I do not intend this blog to have a political or religious slant. However, I may discuss social, political and religious issues as they become relevant in particular posts. Again, these are my personal experiences and personal beliefs.