Le guest blog - mental health.
The In Bloom Not Broken Mental Health Awareness Awards Todays post for Time To Talk Day is about an awards evening to encourage mental health. It is the project of Katie Houghton, that's Katie in the photo below. She does a lot of mental health hope projects, and I know with her at the wheel, as well as Redditch Council, the event will be a success. There is more information below and some links to click on. This post was written by myself, Peter McDonnell, to help raise awareness of my friend Katie's event. If you like this post please do a quick comment, and I hope you will stay on my site for a bit, there is more to see through the menu button in top left.
But that was yesterday. Today was my part time job that I walk to, and as I was there I stopped several times to look out of the window and I was taken aback by the fact of how pretty it was, sharing with a colleague that it looked like a childhood winter storybook picture with the snow on the trees. The way the snow sat on building roofs was ordered, consistent beauty too.
In Bloom and not Broken means, for me, that if a person is having a hard time with mental health, maybe it is because growing and learning and changing can be tough, but it is still progress. I have been right to the pits of mental illness personally, I actually jumped from a bridge in 2002, breaking my back a bit. In several places. I was lucky to recover fully after four months. I think that episode was more of a case of just broken, but after that my journey was all about blooming. Finding and knowing my own mind, processing experiences. I had anxiety and psychosis and began recovery and a long difficult journey that has turned into a pleasant time for me in present day. Now, as I reflect on my life and how it is today, I know, I am in bloom and loving it. I suspect I have been growing and becoming positively fluorescent for years now, and I didn’t even know it.
I’m sure that the In Bloom Not Broken Mental Health Awareness Awards can help to inspire people that even if things are hard, there is always a chance that they are in a process of helpful change that will turn into something beautiful one day. Like a lobster growing feels uncomfortable because it needs to shed it’s shell, but then soon enough it will, and it can go back to catching fish with it’s claws again or whatever lobsters do.
You may feel like you are in bloom but introverted, and others have trouble seeing your growing beauty. But when the mighty Oak tree blooms it produces acorns which are not as obviously pretty as Rose petals, but just as useful. Perhaps you are an Oak tree and not a Rose. Like me.
The award ceremony is in Birmingham on the 16th of May. They are being organised by my online friend Katie Houghton, a mental health advocate from Birmingham who has had mental health problems herself. She works very hard to help others, with a few rather high profile mental health initiatives and she has caught the attention of local media and politicians. Her partner in making the awards a success is Redditch Councillor Joanne Beecham who is jointly involved.
The In Bloom Not Broken Mental Health Awareness Awards have the aim to raise awareness within Mental Health Awareness Week, to create conversation around mental illness and to offer hope to others.
The event will see awards presented to people across the Midlands region for going above and beyond, overcoming adversity and inspiring others in relation to mental health.
There will be speakers sharing their own stories of inspiration as well as entertainment and a raffle.
All proceeds will be going to This Way Up, a Midlands based charity supporting young people through grief and family breakdowns.
While nominations may be for the Midlands, entry to the event and related support is welcomed UK wide to bring together people from all areas to support mental health awareness and celebrate those who have made a difference.
All details regarding the event, speakers and a growing list of raffles prizes can be found here :
Tickets can be bought here, all welcomed from all areas of the UK for an evening of hope and inspiration.
There are a limited number of early bird tickets with free gift bags said to be "little bags of positivity" remaining and raffle tickets may be bought in advance.
With the awards, speakers, singer, dance acts, mental health rapper and prizes it's set to be an evening that anyone interested in mental health and advocacy would truly enjoy.
The event is planned for Thursday 16th May 2019 at the Birmingham Bierkeller who have sponsored the venue for the event.