Remember when you strip it back to its simplest form, life is beautiful
I’ve tried to make this site as easy to navigate as possible. At the top of the page is an alphabetical list of topics, clicking on any one of these will bring up that post. Down the right hand side is a list of my most recent posts. Please feel free to leave comments and I welcome any relevant questions you may have, I will endeavour to respond as quickly as I can.
My name is Shaun Ellis and I have a background in care work. I have worked in learning disabilities and mental health sectors as a support worker, including thirteen years working for the NHS. In the last two years I have needed the use of various mental health services to help me come to terms with and work through my own illness. I am no longer well enough to work as a carer but still feel I have a lot to offer. I have become passionate about mental health awareness, hence me creating this blog. I don’t profess to be an expert in the field, there’s many people with much higher qualifications than me. But I do have experience on both sides, as a carer and as a service user, which has allowed me a unique insight into the subject and I believe qualifies me to have my say.
As well as this blog I am close to completing my first book I am calling ‘Beneath The Mask’ which tells my story of living with an anxiety disorder and depression. This will hopefully be available to purchase in 2018 but I will keep you up to date on my progress.
So I guess the only thing left to do is welcome you to my blog and briefly explain what I’m hoping to achieve from it. First and foremost I’m wanting to offer support and hope, to people just like me. People who might be finding themselves in a dark lonely place at the moment and feel like their surviving at best, as they battle with their mental health. I also plan to challenge some of the stigmas still surrounding mental health and help people who don’t know, understand what it’s like to live with. I intend to include taboo subjects such as dealing with suicidal thoughts. I’ll talk about the daily challenges I face and the limitations iv had to accept due to my illness.
I will share some of the coping tools which have worked for me and some straight forward methods of helping yourself. This may be especially helpful for people who need immediate help but find themselves on a never ending waiting list to see a specialist!
I’m using lots of photographs in this site, most of which have been taken by John Hayes. So a big thank you to him for allowing me to use them.