1. What a brave and honest post. Thank you for sharing. I think taking small steps, such as getting out of bed for half an hour at a time, is sound advice. Embracing those days when we feel strong, and concentrating on self-care when we feel low is perfectly acceptable. Lovely post x

    • Thanks for your comment Shelley! My favorite part of this post was also the advice about getting up for a half hour a day. I was so lucky to have Cam for Mental Health Monday!

  2. This is such a hard thing to experience… from a friend or loved ones perspective too. You feel so helpless when your lived one won’t accept your support…
    Good advice.

    • Hi Ritu, you’re so right. One day I’d love to have a Mental Health Monday post not from someone who suffers from mental illness, but from a family member of someone who suffers. It must be incredibly difficult. Thank you for your comment!

  3. I can’t imagine how tough it is living with PTSD is. Thank you for sharing your tops on handling depression – little things definitely help with mental health!

  4. This is all good advice, and full of compassion, caring, and common sense. Thanks for sharing this with us, it’s needed. Dropped by from Suzie’s #BigUpYourBlog #SocialSaturday – always glad to be here. Hope this weekend treats you kindly.

  5. Wow, this is such a brave and honest post. I hope you know how amazing you are to come back from that kind of pain and use your experience to help other people with these tips. As someone who has experience of (different) mental health struggles, I can say this is some solid advice for a lot of people.

    • Hi Claire, thanks for your reply! Cam is completely amazing and brave, and I was so lucky to have her write for me! I’m so glad you found the advice helpful, as I’m sure she will be if she sees this!

  6. Thank you for adding this post to Off-Fridays, the Mental Illness Blog Share..and thank you Camelyn for being so incredibly honest about your assault and subsequent PTSD. I also have PTSD, from domestic violence which included sexual assault. I know how lonely rape is especially to survive. I also feel connected to you in a weird way because the date of your assault is my birthday, and also, that same year, the day I attempted suicide. We were probably both in crisis in the hospital at the same time. I write a blog about PTSD (which is also where the blog share is of course). If you ever want to connect (either of you!) please do <3

    • Hey, I know we’ve spoken over email but I saw your comment again and wanted to let you know I’m emailing Cam to make sure she sees this! I’m sure she’d love to feel the connection with ya 🙂

    • Camelyn

      Hi there, I’m Cam, Nicole emailed me to tell me about all the lovely comments that were coming through on my piece. If ever any of you would like to get in touch with me you can email me at camelynvp@outlook.com. Thank you so much for all the words of encouragement. I have been going through a rough time the past few weeks and this has definitely made my day! ❤️

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