In the last week of every month, we'll chat to a creative - to highlight incredible work, stories, ideas and entrepreneurship. Hermione McNamara, it's your turn!
Having a mental illness isn't something that can't be cured in a day, or by reading. However, reading about shared experiences of mental illness is something that is encouraging and comforting when you are going through a dark period. To know that there are other individuals out there who are or have experienced what you are going through right now is reassuring. I know, I've been there.
Over the years I have accumulated quite a collection of books on mental health. Autobiographies of people who have suffered in the past (and still do), research books on mental health and the odd quote book with famous sufferers. Now, not all of the above worked and frankly, some made it worse. But, every so often, you find a gem that speaks to you.
An initiative that aims to provide support to addicts suffering from undiagnosed mental health issues, focusing on the cause of substance reliance without stigma.
A collaborative project - between George Hodgson (Maison de Choup) and Mickey J Ellis (Hit and Run).
The health system in the UK is structured so that addicts struggling with mental health issues are routinely not referred to psychiatric professionals while still reliant on their drug of choice – whether that be alcohol or other substances.
This addiction is more often than not a symptom of these untreated problems.
When the video of George Floyd being murdered by Derek Chauvin among other police officers went viral, we along with the world were shocked. Absolutely inconceivable actions from a person of the law, quite rightly he has been sentenced, but that is not enough.
So! If you need some things to try at home:
George, the founder of Maison de Choup, asked people to talk about their experience with a mental health illness. The response we got was HUGE. So many amazing, brave and incredible people have come forward with their stories. Below are their amazing stories INCLUDING notorious Mental Health Advocate and Blogger Hannah Rainey (The Little Thoughts Blog) Remember - YOU ARE NOT ALONE.
Greetings folks, reporting from my bedroom floor on Wednesday March 18th 2020
I’m sure a lot of you are thinking “TAKE US BACK TO 2019, WE ARE DONE WITH YOU ALREADY 2020”. To say this year has been a slap in the face energetically is a gargantuan understatement! First, Kobe, then Caroline and now Covid-19…. HOWEVER, amidst all of the craziness currently going on globally, I thought I’d drop by and shine some positivity on your quarantined asses...
Thoughts of ‘what next?’ and ‘where do I go from here?’ crept in regularly and I realised that graduation was fast approaching and I really had no idea what direction I wanted to go in.
Being invited by the Middle East Youth EXPO to present in Abu Dhabi was an honour which I did not believe could be true. With an open mind and a hopeful heart, I travelled with the wish to share the magic of creation, to teach how mental health is not a dead-end.
Loneliness is often associated with the older generation, but a study conducted by the Co-op and The British Red Cross shows that over 9 million people across all ages are either always or often lonely, and the Christmas period can play a role in exacerbating these emotions.
Welcome to the Maison de Choup Giveback Gift Guide. Each and every gift on this list givebacks something or to somewhere whilst also being a fantastic gift to give someone this festive season. Got your pen and paper? Good, let's get to work.
I think the hardest part might be getting ‘burnt out’ while working. It will be difficult to remain positive while being surrounded by a lot of negative emotions, ensuring that you keep the hope on behalf of your patients.
Starting your own business is hard, really really hard. And can be very lonely.
I am George David Hodgson. This is my personal blog space on Maison de Choup, where I get to write down all my thoughts and muses. You may find at times they are rather strange and a little bazaar, but welcome to the inside of a severe anxiety sufferers mind. It's a beautiful place here.