Monday, 24 December 2012

This time of year...

It's hard to believe a year has passed so quickly. This time last year myself and a bevy of blogging beauties posted Christmas blogs with information for support lines and websites. I'm going to post that information again for you this year, but first I'd like to take a moment to say thank you.

I've had the most amazing year because of the blog and ultimately that's because of you guys, the people who take the time to read and comment on the blog, and over on twitter and Facebook, I can't tell you how much this means to me, but, well I'm going to try....

So why does it mean so much?

Don't get me wrong, regardless of any other factors, your support means the earth to me, but it's compounded by the fact that living with depression can be hard, harder than words can express, but knowing there are people out there who appreciate what I have to say and take the time read my mutterings warms my heart so much and makes living with depression that little bit easier. The sense of pride my blog gives me and the opportunities it has brought me have helped to improve my self confidence and give me a feeling of self worth.

I'm incredibly fortunate to have a loving husband and beautiful daughter, but the fact of the matter is depression can make you blind to all the good things in life, it makes you feel so bad about yourself, that you feel you don't deserve those things... So I guess in my usual, rambling manner, I'm trying to say thank you, because even at my lowest I could seek comfort in my blog.

With the festive period approaching, regardless of your beliefs or what you do/don't celebrate it can be a very lonely time of year, people who might normally be around are off visiting family, you might be used to being on your own, but other peoples glee at spending time with friends and family can make you acutely aware of your situation. Financially the pressure can be overwhelming, when others are spending huge amounts on food and presents it can make you feel inadequate. All I can say is that you are not alone, lots of us are feeling this pressure and loneliness too. But if things do get too much to bare, or you just fancy a chat with someone, please use the information below. So finally, beforei disappear for a few days, a huge thank you again from me and MASSIVE, MASSIVE BeBe hugs....

MIND // www.mind.org.uk // 0300 123 3393

Samaritans // www.samaritans.org // 08457 90 90 90

Alcoholics Anonymous // 0845 769 7555 // www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk/newcomers

Stonewall // Info line 08000 50 20 20 // www.stonewall.org.uk

London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard // 0207 837 7324

SANELine // 0845 767 8000 // www.sane.org.uk

Preventing young suicide // www.papyrus-uk.org

For people in Northern Ireland // www.lifeline.info // 0808 808 8000

Childline // www.childline.org.uk // 0800 1111

Depressionalliance // www.depressionalliance.org

Refuge // www.refuge.org.uk // 0808 2000 247

Eating Disorders Association // www.edauk.com // 0845 634 1414

Shelter // www.shelter.org.uk // 0808 800 4444

NHS Direct // www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk // 0845 4647

No Panic // 0808 808 0545 // www.no-panic.co.uk

5 comments:

  1. Your post made me very emotional. Your.blogs are an absolute pleasure to read. Your more serious ones are thought provoking and as someone who lives with depression too,I can totally relate. Thank YOU for writing your.blog,for being an amazing role model and just a bloody gorgeous lovely person!! Xxx

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  2. I would like to echo the above words from JemsyMc. I love reading your blog. Gives me loads of fashion inspiration but above all I realise I'm not alone. Thanks for everything Becky. Enjoy and make the most of your family time, I know I will be xx

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  3. I've been reading your blog on the sly for a while now and have only recently plucked up the courage to comment. All I can say is I love your blog, you have a wonderful wit to your writing and I often read your posts with a smile on my face, but on the flipside your serious posts really make me sit up and take note. I have suffered with mild depression and I know how it affected me so I sympathise with anyone who lives with it as part of their life. Keep up your wonderful blog and I wish you and yours a fantastic happy Christmas xx

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  4. I find your blog such an inspiration as a sufferer of depression myself. It's inspiring to see you talk openly about life with depression, yet also posting so many upbeat posts which carry a positive tone. I know how difficult, soul-destroying, and isolating it can feel, and knowing there are other people going through a similar situation can make a world of difference. As can knowing there is somebody there for you. Nobody wants to feel so alone and inadequate. I think this post is a fantastic idea, and if it helps just one person struggling this Christmas get through another day, it'll be a wonderful thing and a post to be proud of.

    Merry Christmas x

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  5. Thank you for posting the links. It will help at least one person.

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Thank you for your comment, I love reading what everyone has to say! B x