Hi team, with the advent of videos being so in important I wanted to start making videos as well as writing. I’ll still post them on this site too, so no need to go to youtube to watch them. Here is my first one and I would love any suggestions or tips.
Here is the script below too if you prefer reading. It has more things I forgot to say. But that is what you get when you have a mental illness that affects your memory!
We need to talk about mental illness. This is a topic that is hard to talk about , it makes people uncomfortable, and isn’t exactly popular or fun. People who don’t struggle with mental illnesses might not know how to talk about it and might be reluctant to ask questions. On the other hand, people who do struggle with them might not feel comfortable doing so or might not know how. Overall a pretty tough topic. In fact, if you fancy leaving now, go watch a video of a cute puppy. Not only will it distract you from the woes of life, most puppies have me beat for cuteness.
but I hope you stay because by having an open and helpful dialogue around mental illness we positively impact the lives of those suffering.
The unfortunate reality is that most people, including younger me (pic), don’t want to talk about mental illnesses until we are faced with them. It’s not really a topic that comes up till either ourselves or someone we care about is struggling. This leads to unhelpful misconceptions about mental illnesses, which can be really damaging.
When I was younger, I thought mental illnesses only affected weak or lazy people. This put me in an awkward spot when I started struggling with depression and anxiety. This misconception was really hurtful for me as I wrestled with these issues.
But how great would it be if we could make chatting about mental illnesses a normal part of our lives. Then, when a mental illness inevitably becomes part of our lives, we would be better equipped to fight it or help others fight it. It’s like running a marathon. It kind of helps to do some training beforehand. Otherwise, your life will suck more than it needs to when you start the race .
My name is Noggy and I want to have a positive conversation about mental health. I want it to be medically accurate, theologically correct, and I want it to be honest. I want this channel to be a place where we can authentically talk about mental illnesses, including how much they suck, because struggling with a mental illness is a horrible experience. But talking about them can change that.
There are three main goals of this channel.
To share helpful and authentic stories. These are stories that give insight into the hope of healing, but also accurately describe how crappy mental illnesses can be. Seriously, they suck.
To Encourage those struggling with mental illnesses through solidarity and hopefully giving a voice to others. When I was in the depths of depression, stuck in a dark pit, hearing the stories of a mentors’ struggles with depression really helped me understand my own struggle. Before I heard his story, I didn’t even know the words to use to describe my struggles. But he really helped me understand and talk about my own experiences. My hope is that by talking about mental illness people feel less alone in their struggle.
To give those who haven’t experienced struggles with mental illness a glimpse into what it is like. Before I started struggling with depression I had no idea what mental illnesses were like. I thought people with depression were just sad and that people with anxiety were just worrying too much. I had no idea that these were serious and complicated conditions. Please don’t be like I was!
So I grew up mostly in Kenya even though my parents are British. Whilst I loved it, the combination of British, white, pasty skin and any country with sunshine is a dangerous mix. I got sunburned a lot.
Growing I loved playing sports, particularly football and rugby. I played them all the time. And even when I wasn’t playing them I spent lots of time outside because where we lived was gorgeous both in the day and at night. We could go from hiking to waterfalls in the forest one day, to climbing a dormant volcano the next, or chasing gazelles and zebra on motorbike. I loved it.
I had lots of friends and spent loads of time with them. We loved messing around and spent loads of time playing Age of Empires and Halo.
When I left school, I moved to Scotland for University. Despite still playing sports, having lots of friends, and enjoying the academics I started struggling with depression and anxiety, and eventually what’s called a depersonalization disorder. I went from being someone who was energetic and cheery to someone who was really struggling. It was so tough. In just the space of a few months I went from someone who was full of life to someone who would go to be hoping that I would never wake up. It sucked. Struggling with mental illness is the biggest challenge that I have faced in my life.
A few years ago, I bumped into one of my teachers from my highschool and one of the things that she appreciated about me sharing my story was that I didn’t fit into the unhelpful stereotype of someone who was depressed. I was on the sports teams, I excelled at school, and was always surrounded by close friends. I was a cheery and energetic person. It can be easy to think that only certain types of people struggle with mental illness, but it isn’t true. There isn’t one sort of person who struggles with mental health. It is something that can affect any of us.
But here we are eight years. I have finished my undergrad in philosophy, did a master’s degree in psychology of mental health and am now working in Scotland. Came for university stayed for the weather (pic).
At the minute, whilst I am still in work, my health has been terrible. My struggle with a depersonalization disorder significantly affects my life every day. But over the past 8 years I have learned a lot about mental illness and think that it would be great if we could chat about it. I really believe that mental health is a team sport. It is something that we need to experience together, both the highs and the terrible lows. But this needs to start with us talking about it.
A few years ago I started a blog where I wrote about my experiences and a lot of people reached out to me saying that they struggle with similar things. Some of these were people that I had known for years but had no idea that they were struggling. It’s so tough to talk about mental illness, but we need to.
So please subscribe, whether mental health is something that you struggle with, or if you know people who are fighting a mental illness. We need to normalise conversations about mental health and illness to help fight stigma and help those of us struggling. Please leave a comment letting me know what your thoughts are, if you have any questions, or any suggestions. I am new to this whole video format so would love some feedback.
If you are passionate about mental health and want to help this channel grow then please like the video, leave a comment (or a joke), and subscribe. I’m not doing this to become famous or make money. If I was interested in those things I really would not be making videos about mental illness. But things like leaving a comment will help the channel grow so that the YouTube algorithm recommends it to more people, and we get more people talking about mental health.