I created little pigeon characters I had based off of my moods and began to create illustrations with them... I also began to use the pigeons as a way to help me remember self care affirmations and advice, which has since become my regular series “Crumbs of Wisdom”, uploaded to my website and social media every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
I view managing my own mental health much like caring for a pet dog- it needs to be positively engaged with fulfilling activities, fed, watered, nurtured, exercised daily, trained and it responds well to praise and treats…despite occasionally leaving an unwanted ‘package’ on the carpet!
From my own personal life I was aware of the changing conversation surrounding mental health and the decrease of stigma linked to discussing it, but I also knew that many of the people who suffer with complex mental health were often not included in these conversations and that their voices needed to be heard.
I was first diagnosed with low self-esteem and paranoia at the age of 35, before this I had struggled with all kinds of feels? Trying to understand why I felt...