It has been brought to my attention that my most recent posts have been somewhat sad in nature. As I have said, I tend to find that when I'm in 'crisis' I find it much easier to write - perhaps because I have some source material!
I find that writing when I feel a certain way is a great release for me and I also hope that by putting my thoughts out there in the ether they might be able to help someone else, just by knowing they aren't alone in having dark times.
To that end I have today signed up to become a campaigner for the mental health charity, Mind. I have done a few things for them in the past, most notably raising over £200 by running a half marathon. I feel so passionate about ensuring that mental health conditions are understood and want to assist others through their journeys. There is something so comforting about knowing there are others out there who have a pretty good idea about what you're going through and having someone to talk to. Talking about my issues, I found, was one of the major turning points in finding a way out of my misery.
Those of you who know me may have read a previous blog which documented some of my journey through depression and how dark things got; I'm living and breathing proof there is a way to find a light in the darkness even if I still struggle with it on occasion.
I saw a Victor Hugo quote today which is very apt in this instance; "Whatever causes night in our souls may leave stars". For me, the night that sits in my soul gives me an empathy and want to help other people dealing with their own darkness. That is my small constellation.