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So here I am laying it all out on the table. It’s not unknown that I’ve suffered under the hands of mental illness in the past – I lost the very man that made me because of it, however, over the last few months I’ve found myself not ‘okay’ in my thoughts. Living with anxiety…

The things I wish I could tell you right now…

Dear Pa, This coming week marks your 50th birthday. It marks another milestone on my calendar, another day missing your face and another year without you by my side. You’ve missed over half of my life by now so I guess we have some catching up to do. Here are the things I wish you…

Get yourself out of the post-graduate life hangover…

SO I’ve been a bit quiet on here recently which is a bit weird because I am never ever quiet! but hey, I’ve been a bit of a busy girl! A couple of months ago, you heard how hard graduate life is. How you’re bombarded with emails of ‘you’re over qualified soz’ or ‘sorry you…

I’ve come through the calm, only to be hit by the storm.

So the last few months have been really weird. We all have this idea of what life is going to be like once we’ve graduated with our very expensive piece of paper, once we’ve moved home and once we’ve caught up on all that sleep that we lost during dissertation hand in week. I guess…

Dear Dad,

On this day 12 years ago, I got up, chucked my new bright red uniform on, grabbed my new polka dot backpack and scraped my hair back into the tightest of ponytails. I went about my regular morning routine singing Busted in the bathroom mirror, arguing with my sister as to who was most deserving…

Now or never.

There comes a time in life where you re-evaluate your standing, your choices and basically what the hell you’re doing with it. You think, am I happy? am I where I want to be? am I doing this whole life game right?

Keeping your head above the waves (Revisited)

By Sammy Jenkins There is a silent killer in the midst of our streets, our schools, our workplaces and behind the closed doors of our neighbourly counterparts. Its silence lies in the fact that people don’t talk about it. It is not cancer or heart disease. It is suicide and it’s the biggest killer in…

Chapter Closed.

SO you wouldn’t believe it if you tried, but I am officially a graduate! WORLD REJOICE! I guess you’ve all heard how the last five years have shaped, killed, tested and motivated me more than ever; yesterday marked the end of an era. Yesterday marked the end of my student journey, end of my student…

Goodbye university… Next step graduation day!

There is nothing more rewarding than getting to your end destination; especially when the journey has been more than a rocky one. Five years ago (yes it’s taken me half a bloody decade!) I decided that I was going to study journalism and that I was going to someday get my first class honours, move…

Keeping your head above the waves

By Sammy Jenkins   There is a silent illness amongst the thought waves of our young, our old, our women, our men and our children. There is a silent killer amongst the streets of our cities, our parks, our villages and behind the closed doors of our neighbours. It is suicide and it is silent because we…

Radio Documentary: Suicide; Stigma & Support

So for the last few months I’ve been working on my major project; one of the most rewarding but emotionally draining experience of my entire life. Here’s a little radio documentary I made involving The Samaritans and mental health nurse Nicola Merralls, covering topics of support available and the stigma surrounding suicide. Music by Ben…

Preparing to fail & believing to achieve

So I’ve been feeling really down recently. Because of all these deadlines coming out of my eyeballs Because I haven’t had a decent night’s sleep in over a month Because I’m scared of what comes next after graduation Because I really want to prove all those buggers that didn’t have faith in me wrong So…