Recently I’ve been watching the fantastic documentary series on Channel 4 called ‘Bedlam’ which follows patients and staff of a Psychiatric hospital in the UK. It’s a great insight into what life is like behind the closed walls of a mental hospital and for many it’s the first time that they have got to experience what it’s like to be an inpatient in a mental health facility.
Unfortunately for me, I’ve had my own first-hand experience of what it’s like to be in hospital for a mental health issue and even now five years later, I still feel a chill just thinking of that time in my life.
It was 2008 and I was just about to finish college, exams were over and my housemates had moved out and I was staying on a week extra in the house to finish my dissertation. What should have been one of the exciting times of my life was instead the most difficult. Unbeknownst to almost everyone I was in a very dark place. For weeks the thought of leaving my safe haven of college life had been weighing heavily on me. I had experienced depression throughout my late teens and early twenties, but this was different. This was a black cloud that I couldn’t shake off. Continue reading