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Thursday, 28 September 2017

Shortlisted for a Mind Media Award 2017!

I am absolutely over the moon that I'm on the shortlist for the Mind Media Awards 2017. I'm so excited to be on the shortlist in the category Digital Champion! What a brilliant surprise!

I have been in a state of disbelief for a week and it's only just sinking in. I'm overjoyed to be shortlisted alongside some of the leading media discussion and representation of mental health. I feel very honoured.

Talking About BPD means so much to me. It's my journey from silence to talking. Talking is something that enables me to live with my mental health problems and learn how to deal with them. More than that, Talking About BPD has enabled me to value my experience of mental health problems as a personal strength. Something I am starting to be proud of rather than ashamed of!

Talking About BPD enables me to engage in the two-way of process of relating to others and having others relate back to me. Knowing that we are not alone in our experiences is empowering. Feeling alone has been a difficult place for me to be.

Talking about mental health on social media was a stepping stone for me being able to talk in real life.

The more we talk about mental health, the wider understanding becomes. I want to use being shortlisted for this special award as an opportunity to do more to:

- open up conversations

- break down stereotypes about BPD

- break down the shame

- expose the need for fair access to mental health services that are helpful to individuals

- and show as many people as possible that they are not alone in what they go through.

I am delighted to have been shortlisted, it feels brilliant. I hope it's the start of something even more exciting than what's already happening.

Thank you so much to Mind for placing me on the shortlist. It means so much to me. You can use the hashtag #MindAwards on Twitter to get the latest news on the awards!

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