My Journey through depression men’s health it’s ok not to be ok! 1 year on.

So yesterday marked one year since my full mental breakdown.

What a year it has been from the major low, self harming times to the major highs spending time with loved ones and caring for my own wellbeing.

To help me start this year off better than last I have given up alcohol for the month and one week in a feel marvellous, more energy, clearer mind and absolutely no stress at all. The way forward for me I think apart from the few special outings of course.

On reflection it had been a bad year but also a good year, I managed to survive, to pull through what is a horrendous illness, what is hidden from everyone apart from yourself and I am so so glad I had the strength to seek help straight away, without the support I had I truly believe I would not be here today.

But look a year on doing well for myself, love my job, my family, myself which is the key to well everything, if you don’t love yourself you can’t love others. Remind yourself you are special, unique and always loved by somebody.

If you are struggling in anyway no matter where you are in the world there are helpline, groups and family there to support you.

Have the strength to seek help and then have even more strength to push through, it is not easy but it is truly worth it and you will find during recover you can see the light at the end of the tunnel and before long you are through it and a not necessarily “new you but what I believe is an “improved” you.

Remember its OK not so be ok!

Take care people.