Hi. Let me start by introducing myself. My name is Steven Edwards, I am 33 years old and married to a beautiful woman called Frankie, as well as being ‘daddy’ to a mischievous puppy named Lyla. I have lived my whole life in East London/Essex and have been a Police Officer for almost 10 years. I am an amateur writer and Liverpool FC supporter, who loves nothing more than a round of golf in the sunshine. I am also somebody who has experienced problems with my mental health, having been diagnosed with both an anxiety disorder and depression.
I am still very much in the midst of my problems. I still experience high levels of anxiety (often for no reason at all) on a daily basis, as well as dark bouts of depression. I take medication. I self harm. I feel suicidal. I lock myself away and shut down. But, as we speak I’m beginning to show signs of improvement. Having a goal (and a change in medication!) added to the love and support I receive from the people around me, is beginning to make a difference.
My goal for this blog is to raise awareness around the issue of mental health. In my opinion, not enough is done to publicise this problem or to eradicate the stigma attached to it. We need to talk, to open up, to share. Hopefully by sharing my own experiences, I will encourage others to do the same.
You are not alone. We are not alone. Let’s talk.
I’m being serious. You have somebody to talk to, I will listen, I will not judge. Get hold of me via any of my social media or the email address below.
If you’d like to publish/commission my writing, or contact me for comment/interview on any of the subjects here, please do so via: firstname.lastname@example.org
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