The Big Blurtathon – We All Have A Story

Today is The Blurt Foundation’s first Big Blurtathon. The aim of The Big Blurtathon is to raise awareness of mental health and the impact it has on people and to help raise funds for The Blurt Foundation. The theme this year is “we all have a story”.

But first let me tell you who The Blurt Foundation are. They are a social enterprise which exists to help people who are affected by depression. They are dedicated to making a positive social change and increase awareness and provide support for those affected by depression.

So lets get back to the theme of this post. Today I want to share my story with you all. It’s something I’ve been debating about doing since I heard about the blurtathon as I was kind of nervous about sharing what is a difficult topic for me. But I am going to share what I can with you all today.

So I was diagnosed with anxiety and depression 2 years ago but I know that I’ve had it for much longer than that. It just took me a very long time to actually seek help. I hid it for many years and I think I got so good at hiding it that it just became my “normal”. But eventually it got so bad that I couldn’t cope with anything anymore and I knew I had to seek help.

I kept it so well hidden that no-one even realised I had anxiety or depression. Everyone just thought I had mood swings and even I didn’t understand what was happening to me until I was about 18. But I was 25 when I first decided that I need to get help. It was probably the most scariest and stressful thing I’ve ever done. But I am proud of myself for finally taking that step.

I have good days and bad days and my mental health is also affected by how I am doing physically. I have 3 prolapsed discs in my lumbar spine and suffer from chronic pain. So one can make the other worse.

I think one of the most difficult things for me was that I had to stop working as physiotherapist, more due to my physical health but I think that’s one of the things that made my mental health deteriorate a lot more too. I’ve slowly come to terms with this now and I’ve started blogging and finding new things to keep me busy and joining the book community. It has helped me to start recovering and I am in a much better place now. It’s been a long road but I am proud of how far I have come.

I have started tentatively speaking to some of my family and friends about my anxiety and depression. I am hoping that as I get more used to speaking about it, it will help break the stigma which was one of the main reasons that I found it difficult to speak about it and seek help.

Even though I’ve struggled a lot with my condition, it’s helped me to become more resilient and persevere despite the circumstances.

So there you have it, this is my story.

Do go and check out the hashtag #weallhaveastory on social media for all the others who have shared their story today and check out The Blurt Foundation for more of their work on their Website and their social media; Twitter, Instagram and Facebook



The Blurt Foundation Buddy Box Unboxing

Hey everyone! So I wanted to share an unboxing with you today. This is an unboxing of The Blurt Foundation’s Buddy Box.

What’s The Blurt Foundation you say? Well, The Blurt Foundation are a social enterprise who are dedicated to creating positive social change for those affected by depression.

Read on for their statement, taken from their website:

Blurt exists to make a difference to anyone affected by depression. Being diagnosed can be overwhelming – there’s a lot to learn and plenty of prejudice to battle. Telling people is tough, and not everyone will understand. That’s why we’re here for you, whenever you need us, for anything at all.
We’ll help you understand depression and what it means for you. We’ll support you, listen to you and introduce you to people who’ve been where you are. We’ll help you break down barriers and broach the subject with those closest to you. We’ll help you help yourself, with a little knowing nod.

So I’ve been wanting to share this unboxing for a while and since it’s Mental Health Awareness Week I thought it was the perfect time to share this!

This box was the Self Care Sanctuary Buddy Box. My husband actually bought this for me as a gift because I am the worst at self care!

I loved the box! It had some really great items and it also included a book called The Self Care Project by Jayne Hardy who is also the founder and CEO of The Blurt Foundation.

self care box unboxing

This Box included:

• The Self Care Project
• Thought Bamboo Socks
• Okko Foot Balm
• Self Care Champion Enamel Pin
• Space Mask
• Blurt Zine

I would definitely recommend this box to everyone who suffers from depression or anxiety. They include really great items which are all useful and they have different themes each month. And it’s totally affordable.

self care book

The Self Care Project is a really great book which I’ve recently started reading. It’s got some great tips and includes activities so we can actually start to make changes. You can also buy this book on it’s own on amazon.

I would also recommend that you all check out The Blurt Foundation. They have really great resources and you can keep up to date on their social media. They also have monthly twitter chats!

Here’s the links to their website and social media:


If any of you have bought their boxes or used their resources do let me know!