A massive thank you to the lovely Jess from Beyond the front cover for The Outstanding Blogger Award Tag! I truly appreciate this timely award which followed a month fraught with stressors that pushed me right to the edge!
If you haven’t already checked out Jess’s blog then make sure you do. It’s a great read and I think you’ll really enjoy getting to know Jess! She shares her life, hopes, struggles, and musings, always with a smidge of wit and many a giggle.
Rules guidelines for the Outstanding Blogger Award tag:
- Have the link to the creator’s original award post
- Answer the questions provided
- Create 7 unique questions
- Nominate 10 other bloggers. Neither the award’s creator nor the blogger that nominated you can be nominated
- At the end of 2020, every blog that ping-backs the creator’s original post will be entered to win the 2020 Outstanding Blogger Award
What was your reason for starting your blog, and does it still follow the same structure now? I contracted Transverse Myelitis and was disabled at the age of 50. I was medically retired from the job I adored as a mental health ward manager. This caused a lengthy major depressive episode with near-crippling anxiety and suicidal ideation.
I felt hopeless, worthless, and useless and that I wasn’t giving anything back — after everything our NHS had given me. When the mental fog began to lift I thought how using both my personal and professional experiences might support others. Hence the start of my blog last year.
Mental Health 360⁰ has grown and evolved in ways I never expected and has given me a lifeline back from the edge. The positive feedback from readers encourages me to continue providing evidence-based information, and advocacy for people experiencing mental illness.
What is your favourite non-blogging activity? Oooh, that’s easy — cooking is my all-time favourite thing to do.
Which of your blog posts is your favourite, and why? I think it was the one with quotes because it was such a different post for me. I felt I gained a little strength from looking through so many quotes to find some that expressed how I felt at the time.
What takes the top spot on your list of things that shouldn’t be annoying but really are? I can’t stand it if people are eating or drinking noisily! Hubby’s a slurper and he slaps his lips – aarrgghhh!!!
2020 really hasn’t been the best year, but can you share something great that happened to you? I think getting to see so much of our grandchildren was great for me because they always make me smile 🙂
If you let someone borrow a book and they returned it with dog ears how would you react? I wouldn’t be happy and if they didn’t apologise, I would have to point it out. I wouldn’t go as far as having them replace the book, but if they offered to – I’d accept.
Which book genre do you rarely (if ever) read, and why? Science fiction just doesn’t do it for me 🙁
- When was the last time you had a really good belly laugh and who were you with?
- If you could change one thing about people, what would it be?
- What and when was the last exciting thing that happened in your life?
- Where would be your dream destination and why?
- Who would play you in a film, the story of your life, and why that person?
- What does the term mental health mean to you and is this something you talk about in general?
- Why did you start blogging and what’s the main theme of your blog?
The following are a few of the blogs that have recently come to my attention:
I love these Blogging Awards as I think it’s a fun way of getting to know a bit more about our fellow bloggers. There’s no obligation to take part, but I hope you’ll all participate and I look forward to reading your answers.
Over to you
I really didn’t enjoy September but things have gotten better this month. What was your month like? Has anything good or exciting happened? On another note, I start planning Christmas around this time of year but I know many would say this is too early. What about you? When do you start to plan, if ever?