If you’ve stumbled across my little page, you’re probably wondering what it’s all about…
My name’s Jazz, I’m 25 years old with a passion for all things mental health. I have a particular interest in raising mental health awareness; especially in and around the criminal justice system. I graduated from the University of Southampton with a BSc in Criminology and Psychology in 2018 and from the University of Portsmouth with a MSc in Forensic Psychology. Here’s a picture of me in a funny hat…
For the past two years I have worked as an Outreach Support Worker. My role is to support individuals who are homeless and rough sleeping in my local area into suitable accommodation. Our clients present with a variety of mental and physical health needs, substance misuse issues and offending histories. I can honestly say that no two days are ever the same!
I’m lucky enough to be engaged to the love of my life, Bradley. We have been together since February 2014 and he is my everything.
Things are about to get a lot more interesting… we are expecting Baby Hartley later on this year. We are completely over the moon and can’t wait until he’s here to complete our little family. Eeek! My pregnancy has not been entirely straightforward. I was diagnosed with Hyperemesis Gravidarum in the beginning weeks of pregnancy following a threatened miscarriage. I have since been diagnosed with gestational diabetes, but our little man is doing so well – it’s all been worth it.
In terms of my own mental health, I have been diagnosed with Type 1 Bipolar Affective Disorder (2015), Borderline Personality Disorder (2012)/ Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder (2017), Generalised Anxiety Disorder (2010), Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (2011), Agoraphobia (2017) and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (2018). What a barrel of laughs!
I decided to start this little blog in 2017 to try something new in my own mental health recovery. I have always loved reading other people’s blogs; especially those about real, uncensored experiences of mental health – something I feel is still rarely spoken about.
Therefore, my aim by having this blog is to show others, as well as myself, the benefits which can come from expressing our emotions and experiences together.
If yo have made it this far… congratulations! I hope that you decide to stick around to read some of my future ramblings!