‘A Day In the Life‘ is a project spanning a whole year, looking at the everyday experiences of individuals in England with mental health difficulties. Anyone experiencing such difficulties can sign up to the project, which involves writing a short piece describing your experiences on four different days over the course of that year. The dates are chosen in advance – the first was on 7 November 2014 and the next will be on 10 February 2015. Entries can be anonymous and it’s not necessary to submit something on all four occasions. The project is funded by Public Health England and was highlighted through a number of media channels and websites. The BBC news clip can be found here. The www.gov.uk website says this about the project:
“A Day in the Life is designed to provide an insight into the lives of people living with a mental health difficulty to help inform the development of policies and projects which better meet their needs. The project is also designed to better educate and raise awareness among the wider public of the reality of mental health issues.”
I decided to take part in the project when I saw it mentioned on Twitter – its mission is an important one, and writing is one of the few things I feel I am able to do to help raise awareness. I wanted to share with you my entry for 7 November 2014, which can be found here. In some ways, the story is a precursor to my recent posts on parenting, and writing that entry on 7 November motivated me to share more about the challenges of mental health and parenting.
If you are interested in joining the project, please do visit the ‘A Day in the Life‘ site to find out more. More and more entries are being added all the time relating to the first day, 7 November, and they provide a fascinating picture of the day to day lives of individuals struggling with a variety of mental health issues.
December 20, 2014 at 4:24 pm
I loved your entry.
December 21, 2014 at 10:18 pm
Thank you Cat 🙂
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December 26, 2014 at 1:33 pm
Hi, I’ve just come across your blog. I’m based in Ireland and got re-directed to it from another blog (sunnyspellsandscatteredshowers). I love your blog, I’ve had the lousiest Christmas day ever spent on my own, partly my own fault, and reading through your blog has given me an insight into why I react as I do…. You articulate so well thoughts I’ve had myself but haven’t been able to express quite as fluently or as clearly as you do. Thanks so much for your blog and keep writing, you’re a great writer! Sorcha
December 27, 2014 at 10:14 pm
Hello, thank you so much for your lovely words, which I really appreciate. I am so glad you like what you have found here, and that it helped to give you insight into your reactions. I very much value your comments both about my writing and what I write – and I will certainly aim to keep writing 🙂 I hope you are able to keep reading, and I look forward to hearing more from you, if you have the time, in terms of comments. I love reading and writing posts, but being able to get to know people better through exchanging comments, is a real excitement and privilege….Take care!
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