I am Liz and I am 50 years old. I was diagnosed with Bipolar I Disorder in 2003, something that was a huge shock to myself and my family.
Life was never to be the same again and I have learnt so much over the last 17 years in understanding my condition and how to manage it on an ongoing basis.
I have experienced mainly manic psychotic episodes that on average have occurred once a year since my diagnosis. Each episode has seemed to be more bizarre than the last, from believing I was Jesus's sister with all my disciples ready to change the world, to telling my brother in law I could stop a train and that I would show him!
It all sounds funny but there were some very frightening experiences, one episode I thought evil spirits were trying to get me. I was terrified, and so were the people around me as they felt helpless.
I share my story to give people a greater understanding of mental disorders with the hope that through my talks I will encourage others to be brave and speak out and realise they are not alone.
So perhaps next time when you hear someone has jumped in front of a train and killed themselves, please don't just think it's because they are selfish or even because they are depressed. They maybe having a psychotic episode like mine and have no rational mind. They could be running very scared from evil spirits or think they can stop the train with the touch of their hand in a state of euphoria.
- Mental Health First Aid Instructor on both the Adult and Youth courses
- Holistic therapist including Animal, Art, Colour, Angelic reiki, Crystal healing, Mindfulness and Meditation
- Wellbeing/Realignment coach
I have delivered a vast amount of both training courses and workshops to help people with their mind-set and reframe their thoughts to improve their wellbeing with a positive outcome.
Hi, I'm Kate and I am 45 years old. I am married to a very supportive husband and we have two very lively young girls.
I am Liz's younger sister and I am continually trying to learn about Liz's condition and raise awareness about the effects it has on family and friends, and hopefully give them the best support possible. I also mentor young adults to help, guide and support them through their Mental Health difficulties.
Liz was diagnosed the year I was getting married, which as many of you know is extremely busy with planning and preparations for the big day. At the early start of the year things became very apparent Liz was struggling and the only way I can describe it is that she seemed broken, which, from someone who normally is a very fun-loving, positive person, was most out of character.
Growing up Liz had her ups and downs with life, but she's always had a different way of processing information than most. We all just said, "oh, that's just Lizzy." On reflection I believe if Liz had been born in 2017 things might have been diagnosed earlier.
This just shows just how far we have come with mental health so I am expecting more positive things in the years to come.