Youtubers/Bloggers Who Talk About Their Mental Health Problems/Illnesses

LikeKirsten

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Facebook // Instagram // Youtube // Blog // Twitter

As a teenager, Kirsten suffered from depression and anxiety. At the beginning, she neither knew what she had nor who to talk to. This was until she started Googling and realised that there were others like her.

She has been creating mental health content for over 4 years, and her videos are more factual and realistic than medical, which was her aim all along. Despite her dream of working in film, she actually ended up graduating with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology.

Marinashutup

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Youtube // Twitter // Tumblr // Instagram // Facebook

A mental health sufferer herself, Marina is a self-proclaimed feminist, with her own series called ‘Feminist Fridays’ on her channel. In one of her videos, she admits to not knowing she had depression despite her subscribers knowing she had the symptoms of the mental health illness. She is currently majoring in Women’s Studies.

Zoella

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Blog // Youtube // Instagram // Facebook // Twitter

Probably the most popular person on this list, Zoella has been quite outspoken on her struggles with social anxiety. But that didn’t stop her…

She’s published her own books and has her own beauty line. If this doesn’t inspire you to do more in life, I don’t know what will!

Kiera Rose

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Youtube // Instagram // Twitter // Facebook

This gorgeously tattooed green-eyed beauty has been outspoken on both her and her boyfriend’s battles with mental health illnesses. Kiera also suffers from dermatillomania, which is a mental disorder characterized by the repeated urge to pick at one’s own skin, often to the extent that damage is caused.

John Green

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Twitter // Blog // Facebook // Instagram // Youtube

Everyone knows him either as one half of the vlogbrothers, or as the author of the highly-successful novel Fault in Our Stars.

But did you know he’s a mental health sufferer? Yes, that’s right. John Green has opened up several times on his OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) on his Youtube channel.

Becki Brown

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Youtube // Twitter // Instagram // Facebook

Becki is mostly known for her video which records the progress of her hair loss due to trichotillomania (which is an impulse control disorder characterised by a long term urge that results in the pulling out of one’s hair) alongside other events of her life. Since that, she has been posting regularly on social media, and has been very open on the stigma surrounding mental health.

Danielle Mansutti

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Youtube // Instagram // Twitter // Facebook // Blog

A beauty both on the outside (as if you cannot see it!) and inside, Danielle opened up about her battles with social anxiety and depression back in 2016 in two separate videos. She even has a whole playlist dedicated to mental health-related videos.

Kati Morton

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Blog // Twitter // Youtube // Facebook // Instagram

Kati is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who also creates Youtube content, building a global mental health online community, across a variety of platforms. Her videos are humorous and entertaining and educational at the same time.

LukeIsNotSexy

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Youtube // Twitter // Instagram // Facebook // Blog

In his video ‘My Depression Story’, he stated that while the subject is quite sensitive, he did not want to make the video sad, and that he is doing MUCH better now. He’s talked about himself and fellow Youtubers – his personal friends IRL – who have also battled with mental health. He tweets about mental health very often, using his usual banter, but it is not to make fun of other sufferers, but more to cheer others up.

Millie Smith

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Instagram // Twitter // Facebook // Youtube // Blog

This red-haired mother-of-one student nurse has been all over social media to promote body positivity and breaking the stigma surrounding the former and mental health, which she suffers from. If you’re looking for someone inspirational, realistic and brutally honest, she’s the person to follow. Her fiance also posts body positive photos, aimed for a male audience, on his Instagram.

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Mental Health First Aid

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This makes it official, right?

Well…! I’ve finally done it! The first of many steps towards breaking the stigma surrounding mental health problems in Malta:

I am a Mental Health First Aider!

Confetti it’s a parade!

Celebrations aside, this has been something I’ve wanted to do since forever. And it’s finally done. 2 Saturdays. 6 hours each. Lots of laughs and new friends. Breaking the stigma, one person at a time.

Why should one take a mental health first aid course?

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My experience

Over the past two sessions, I learned a lot of things about mental health, and took note of them. Having been through mental health problems gave me a good background of certain things, but some things were new to me, including ALGEE:

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ALGEE – the life-saving acronym

Algee, the mascot of MHFA, is this cutie pie:

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Algee the koala

Despite having the MHFA manual, which was given to us free of charge, I still took notes of my own, and they will be listed down below…

  • Mental health problem – not diagnosed but displays symptoms
  • Mental health illness – diagnosed
  • Image result for spectrum of interventions for mental health
  • NEVER leave a person alone if they need help!
  • Say you went through a “similar situation” NOT “same thing”
  • Image result for thoughts emotions behaviors triangle
  • Attack the behaviour not the person
  • Make sure of the following:
    • You care and want to help
    • Empathy
    • Help is available
    • Thoughts are very common
    • Encourage the person to do most of the talking
    • No threats/guilt
    • NEVER KEEP SUICIDE A SECRET
    • There are ways to address specific problems
    • Involve the person in who to be told about the problem
  • When person is in crisis – first aid
  • When person not in crisis – ALGEE
  • Panic attacks are
    • frightening but not dangerous
    • not all triggered
  • When in doubt, assume person is experiencing a panic attack, NOT a heart attack
  • When person says they’re having a panic attack and recovers – no intervention
  • Slow breathing helps BUT focusing on breathing can become an emotional crutch leading to difficulty with eventual treatment
  • Panic attack – not more than 10 minutes
  • Types of traumas:
    • Individual
    • Ongoing
    • Mass
    • Witnessing/hearing
    • – (I didn’t get the last one unfortunately)
  • Dissociative Identity Disorder = Multiple Personality Disorder but NOT = schizophrenia!
  • Psychosis = loss of contact from reality
  • Neither confirm nor deny someone with psychosis!
  • Schizophrenia should be diagnosed early – teens to early 20s
  • Borderline Personality Disorder NOT = Bipolar!
  • Schizoaffective – schizophrenia + bipolar/depression (mood disorder)
  • Helpful actions: *
    • Seeking help
    • Offer tea
    • Didn’t go inside
    • Good memories
    • Friendship to help
    • Calm + firm tone
    • Gave options
    • Showed concern
    • Seated
    • 90-degree angle
    • Listened/emphatic
    • Minimal reaction (present)
  • Unhelpful actions: *
    • Sarcasm
    • Judgemental
    • Showed fear
    • Tone of voice
    • Remained standing
    • Arguing with delusions
    • Anxious
    • Insane
    • Calling help behind his back
    • Speaking about Peter in front of him
    • Facial expressions
  • What is affected by substance use disorders? The 4 Ls
    • Livelihood
    • Love
    • Liver
    • Law
  • Three types of substances:
    • Depressants
    • Hallocages
    • Stimulants

* Points taken during a video about MFHA: Psychosis taken from the MHFA Australia DVD


So these were all the points I jotted down throughout the 12-hour course, including some pictures used during the presentations. As a disclaimer, I would like to point out that despite this certification, I CANNOT diagnose ANYONE, but simply ASSIST the person in case of mental health problems. For a diagnosis, please seek professional help (GPs, psychologist, psychiatrists, psychotherapists, etc.)

 

Why I Still Go to Therapy… and why it’s OK

This is probably one of those posts where I had a thousand of ideas, and yet I never really knew how to form those ideas in a decent post. That, and I found it really difficult writing this post. Because the stigma surrounding mental health is still there. I was told by my family not to write about this, but I refuse to be silenced.

I am recovering from depression and anxiety. I’m happier than I ever was, and am in a good place, both physically and mentally.

Yet I still go to psychiatric therapy. And I still take my medication.

And it’s okay.

Continue reading “Why I Still Go to Therapy… and why it’s OK”