This blog post aims to highlight the reason we decided to start this website. Although we will never give out details such as where we live and the names of the schools and universities we attended, we felt that the scene needed to be set, so you could identify with our upcoming blog posts better.
Going back 10 years, we met when we started secondary school as we were in the same tutor group (it would later be discovered we had actually been to a birthday party of a mutual friend once when we were around 8 years old). Our friendship began in year 7 and we stayed with the same group of friends throughout school, sixth form and university, in fact we all still meet up regularly today.
One year ago we both discussed the idea of setting up a forum about mental health where people could share their stories and discuss what had helped them. Our main goal was, as has remained, to target the stigma around mental health and use the website as a platform where people could talk about it openly. We also wanted to combine the blogging side with a helpful list of emergency contacts and walk-in centres. It remained a rather loose idea until this past summer, when we both decided to take the chance and start up the website. Over the last couple of months, we have built up the website itself, as well as creating numerous social media accounts so that blog posts and features can be shared to various communities and readers.
Alice is currently in her final year of university in the south of England, whereas Emma has completed her degree and now has a job in logistics, starting work this September. Emma’s blog posts therefore will concentrate on how she managed school, university and searching for jobs as well as starting at a new job. Alice’s will similarly focus on school and university, as well as everyday problems that we all can face.
Hopefully this blog post will help you to identify with the main authors of this blog and will set the scene for many future blog posts in which we discuss some of the hurdles we have encountered ourselves and how they have impacted upon our mental health.
Alice and Emma