First of all, I’d like to congratulate the All Disabilities Matter group on Facebook on their coffee morning that I attended today that, from my point of view, was seemingly a great success! It’s so encouraging to see so many people coming together in the name of fairness, kindness and all-round friendliness to help to stomp out the negative things we experience in life such as bullying and unfair judgment. It gives me hope that there are still people in the local area who are able to tell the difference between good and bad, something which a decade ago I found difficult to believe due to my own experiences.
I now find myself feeling the need to once again apologise for my absence from posting regular additions to my blog, although this time I can thankfully say it is due to being rather busy in life with some positive things that have been (and still are) going on.
Since completing three separate mental health online courses I have been throwing myself at every opportunity to get involved in anything related to improving my own and other people’s mental health. For a few months now, I have been working with the charity Samaritans as a Lived Experience Advisor in regard to self-harm. This involves me and the other LEAs meeting by videocall once a month to discuss how the charity can improve in supporting people who are experiencing, or have experienced, episodes of self-harming. I have found this endeavour to be very eye-opening and it has made me want to both help other people more and challenge myself and develop new skills that I could possibly use in future roles.
As well as that, I have applied for a couple of jobs with another charitable company who aim to help improve the lives of people with learning disabilities and autism as I now feel confident enough to propel myself into new projects and job roles where I can really help others and make a difference to people’s lives. If I succeed in getting these jobs, it would mean I will be able to give a voice to those who aren’t always heard by those who should be listening. I know what it is like to not be heard and I wouldn’t wish it on anyone.
The title of this post is “Community”, a word I struggled to have any faith in when I was younger. The world was against me, as far as I knew, and every aspect of life was an uphill struggle. Now, however, I am able to see the light at the end of the tunnel and it grows brighter with each step forward. This is largely thanks to people in my local community. My therapist, ManHealth, The Hub of Wishes, my family, and my friends, old and new, who are keeping me going and are supporting me as I try to turn my life around, hopefully for the final time.
There are people in your community who are struggling. It may be you, it may be someone you know, or it may be a complete stranger. This is why being nice to whoever you meet as you go about your day can really make a difference. Simple acts of kindness can mean the world to those people who are struggling. By letting them know that there are kind faces in the world could help them to see the light at the end of their tunnel which could ultimately save their life. I say this from experience.
Be kind, always. It’s a lifesaver.