I realise this is quite possibly the most unpolished vlog you’ll ever come across, but there’s a reason for that. It has come about off the back off an article I wrote for the Irish Times, in which I expressed my frustration at the standard media portrayal of mental health issues, as well as the relatively narrow focus it takes on advocates. Immediately after the article was published I was contacted for both TV and radio interviews which I had to decline. I knew that while I would get great energy from them, and it would possibly help take the national conversation about mental health a little further, it would also knock the stuffing out of me and the fallout wouldn’t be worth the whatever slim gain may have been made.
I realise there’s a massive irony in this – I gave out that media representations of mental health issues are very one sided, yet when given the opportunity to do something about it, I said no. This vlog is the next best thing. I’ve been writing about trying to manage bpd and depression for years, and now I want to show you what it can look like. None of these vlogs are scripted, rehearsed or edited in any way. They’re mostly recorded in my car because it feels like a really safe place to do them, if a little dull (!!) visually and are short – generally between one and three minutes. I tend to think a lot when I’m driving, and it helps to record my thoughts this way on a day that I may not get time to write. What you see is how I am – I don’t usually wear make up, and I often look extremely tired and/or spotty. This is my reality. I’ve never sugar coated my writing so I’m not going to sugar coat these.