When starting a blog there is a choice whether to remain anonymous or give up ones identity . For transparency giving up ones identity is the more favourable option.
The core issue for me is that the topic which I blog and tweet about which is mental health . Maybe if I was brave enough I could give up my identify but at the moment I cant. It is fear which is stopping me from giving up identity . Fear for my career, fear what my friends might think , fear what my family might think and fear ,ultimately what society might think.
I have a mental illness . There I said it . But my mental illness does not define me. I am not a box or a label. I am more. I am a son, a brother , a boyfriend and a friend. Because I have a mental illness I also choose to remain anonymous. I will gladly give my identity up when there is no longer a stigma about mental illness in Ireland .Society has forced me into a corner where I have to box clever for fear of being knocked out by a heavy punch.
I love Ireland . I love us Irish . I love the way we don’t take ourselves too serious . I love the way we put ourselves down in a gentle kind friendly way . I love the way the weather is our conversational clutch . I love our smiles on sunny days. But I don’t love mental illness discrimination .I don’t love mental illness stigma . I don’t love substandard mental health services. I don’t love the amount of young people committing suicide in our fair isle today. My brother committed suicide.
We are a strong ,brave and resilient people . We have been through so much hardship and came through wiser and more reflective. Our people survived the Great Famine, British rule , the Poverty and Hardship of the Eighties Recession and now this Painful Recession. I know we will get to grips with the mental health issues which are affecting our country like suicide and depression . We owe it to our young people both past and present.I may chose to remain anonymous but that doesn’t mean l wont fight any less hard for mental health rights and suicide prevention. Tus maith leath na hoibre.