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Who am I?

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My name is Erik Cartain- Farish, I am from the North west on England, more specifically Blackpool. I am 21 years of age and currently undertaking my 1st of a 3 year nursing degree. I work at Blackpool Victoria Hospital (when I have time) as a health care assistant and have been for the past 2 years. I have always lived in Blackpool (or Poulton if anyone has read the blog), I didn’t particularly enjoy school or college, nor did I excel there. I started to grow up and come into my own when I started working. Bars, restaurants, fireplace shops and now healthcare; I have covered a few industries and have been lucky enough to enjoy every single one.

Since turning 18, I travelled across the pond to work in a camp who provided respite for individuals with various disabilities. I didn’t know what I would be doing there at all, but I loved it! I worked for the ‘League of people for disabilities’ in the summer and was invited back to work over New Year. Coming home from that trip I knew I wanted to stay involved in healthcare, so I landed myself a job on the male trauma orthopaedic ward in Blackpool. I since then paid for my own education with the Open University and was finally accepted into Uclan to undertake my nursing degree. More recently in March of this year, (I think partly in preparation for the essay writing of university) I began to start this blog. I started writing little articles and sending them to various websites and publishers which is when I decided to just make my own website. Since March I have taken a great interest in writing my blog, it has both become an enjoyable hobby and a therapy/ coping mechanism for me. It helps me if I am in a low mood or feeling anxious.


Why introduce myself?

I am introducing myself and telling a brief version of my story, because I want to share with people why I actually write this blog. With it being Mental health awareness week, I want to share my current coping mechanism. I have a large and extensive history with mental health that I am not going to delve into right now, but people who know me, know me as a confident and outspoken person and often don’t realise what issues I had and have. I have discovered a number of coping mechanisms, skateboarding, motorbike riding, tattoos and now, blog writing. Mental health does affect everyone, it has effected a lot of people in my life. It also does not have any favourites or preferences and everybody is vulnerable at some point in their lives. I had an indifferent experience with the NHS mental health service and I know that it has mixed reviews nationwide. The best and most memorable experience that I would recommend to anyone (who requires a counselling service) well above the NHS, would be the Butterfly & Phoenix Project (click the link to go to their site).

Almost everyone is effected by mental health in this day and age, even people you may not suspect. Talking to people helped me a lot, just going for a pint, hanging out, going on a drive or going for a skate. My friends do not know how much they have helped me in my recovery, all being there for me and hanging out, going on skate trips and just having chats. I just want to plea to everyone and anyone that could possibly read this, to try not to judge and be there for the people around you and if you are struggling, there is always someone out there to talk too.


Mind

Promotes the views and needs of people with mental health problems.

Phone: 0300 123 3393 (Mon-Fri, 9am-6pm)

Website: www.mind.org.uk

Samaritans

Confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair.

Phone: 116 123 (free 24-hour helpline)

Website: www.samaritans.org.uk

SANE

Emotional support, information and guidance for people affected by mental illness, their families and carers.

SANEline: 0300 304 7000 (daily, 4.30-10.30pm)

Textcare: comfort and care via text message, sent when the person needs it most: http://www.sane.org.uk/textcare

Peer support forum: www.sane.org.uk/supportforum

Website: www.sane.org.uk/support

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