Alan's Mental Health: Intermission (1)

Nature will, hopefully, be getting in the way

If you're a new visitor to the blog, or to the Alan's Mental Health feature, take some time to read this introductory post. It explains a bit of the background behind the posts.

In June I'm taking part in 30 Days Wild. As such I'll be putting my regular Alan's Mental Health feature on hold until July.

Since I started the feature (this only applies to the posts that start with Alan's Mental Health:) in September 2017, I've begun to learn quite a lot about myself. I've written about some very painful experiences, which I'd largely forgotten about or buried. It's not been easy, but I think it's beginning to help me - albeit somewhat slowly.

I have a lot of things to write about when I return to this in July, including more painful childhood memories; "that woman who was always off her face on drugs" (she wasn't and didn't even use!); my first mental illness diagnosis; a deep, beautiful, inspiring, and eventually destructive relationship (and my slow, painful recovery from that); to wadnering in the wilderness and beyond...

It's going to be a very challenging time for me, as I'm very aware of the pain I still have to write about. Some things will be very easy and I'll fly through drafting the posts, while some things I have no doubt will upset me a great deal. I'll probably take another intermission before the first 'big' series of posts too.

Anyway... enough rambling from me. I'll write again about this feature in the summer!

* For those who are interested, the photo is from what used to be a regular (and brilliant) alternative night called Pitch Black, at The Appleby in Burton-upon-Trent. It was taken during what was an incredibly difficult time in my life - one that i'll be writing about in a series of future posts. That smile, as you'll discover, was completely fake...

If you feel you need immediate help with your mental health, then contact one of the organisations below (click the logo for their website):
Samaritans (UK)

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (USA)

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