Helplines

Helplines

Here you can find a series of Mental Health helplines. The helplines provide support for those in need, and can be reached via phone (text/call) or email. The services provided are UK based. Others may be found online. BEAT:0808 801 0677 0808 801 0711 (Youthline) 0808 801 0811 (Studentline) Website: https://www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk MIND:0300 123 3393 86463… Continue reading Helplines

Woodlands Animal Sanctuary, Work experience/volunteering

Woodlands Animal Sanctuary (08.07.2019)

Monday 8th July will commence the start of my 4 day placement at Woodlands Animal Sanctuary, Ormskirk. Where I plan to be involved in all aspects of animal care and husbandry. Woodlands is an incredible sanctuary home to a vast collection of animal species. Including: Goats, donkeys, horses, hedgehogs and birds. They are a non-profit… Continue reading Woodlands Animal Sanctuary (08.07.2019)

Jacobs Ridge, Work experience/volunteering

Jacobs Ridge Animal Sanctuary (18.07.2019)

I'm going to Spain! In just over 2 weeks time, on the 18th July, I will be flying to Murcia (JMU) Airport. And I will be staying in Murcia for the duration of 1 week.  I'm embarking on my first solo venture, and I'm excited. I've never flown alone, and being Autistic this can be… Continue reading Jacobs Ridge Animal Sanctuary (18.07.2019)

Mental Health

Self harming – Where I’m at, healthier coping mechanisms and hope!

I've been in a constant turmoil against self harming. A behaviour I began engaging in years ago. 4 years ago, my Teacher voiced her concerns regarding myself and my behaviours. She checked my arms daily for evidence of self harm. As did my Mum, Therapist and everybody involved in my care. I felt hopeless and… Continue reading Self harming – Where I’m at, healthier coping mechanisms and hope!

Animals, Keeper for a day, Work experience/volunteering

Zookeeper for a Day (2019).

Mum and I arrived promptly at Blackpool Zoo at 9am, following a smooth 45-minute drive, in preparation to be a Zookeeper for a Day. Much to my delight, we were the first on the car park (aside from the keepers!) and we excitedly cooed over baby rabbits hopping around the vacant area.  I had previously… Continue reading Zookeeper for a Day (2019).

Mental Health

Good bye scales, hello freedom?

Very recently, I braved the decision to ditch my scales. A step forward in recovery. I have successfully managed TWO WHOLE WEEKS without weighing myself. Crazy, right? I'd been weighing myself obsessively (up to 5 times a day) for numerous years and I bravely opted for the choice to follow my heart and not my… Continue reading Good bye scales, hello freedom?

Autism

Autism – Late diagnosis, the process and my reaction

I was diagnosed with high-functioning Autism in 2016, aged 19. Originally referred to as Aspergers Syndrome. Laura... I think you might be Autistic. I had no knowledge surrounding Autism. I believed my Therapist had confused me with another patient.  I succeeded through two nurseries, two mainstream schools (Primary and Secondary), and had recently finished my… Continue reading Autism – Late diagnosis, the process and my reaction

Mental Health

Anorexia recovery – Eating, comparison and being brave

For the past few years, I've fallen very much, unwillingly, into comparative habits. This can be detrimental in Anorexia Recovery. If my friends aren't eating, why should I? I MUST be greedy. Why am I eating if the people around me aren't? So...much...guilt. It's a constant turmoil. I very recently stumbled across a highly informative… Continue reading Anorexia recovery – Eating, comparison and being brave

Mental Health

Anorexia Recovery – Ditching the scales, freedom away from numbers

The morning approached, it was 6:30am. Already, I encountered deliberating thoughts about eating. I pondered whether I should, or whether I shouldn't. And I'm beginning to believe that this may be a constant, lifelong battle for me. With every day, I cannot determine how my thoughts will challenge me throughout the day. Some days will… Continue reading Anorexia Recovery – Ditching the scales, freedom away from numbers