A few days ago I checked out Twitter in a personal capacity. I love facebook, but I never really got Twitter. Then, when the snow started to hit Yorkshire, it seemed like another way of keeping up with local information. Once I'd set out on this little journey, I realised it was possible to have an account purely to go with this blog. Suddenly I had the freedom to go out and see what else and who else was out there, whilst being safely hidden behind my anonymous exterior..
I was amazed how many Anti Bullying tweeters there are, some higher profile than others. Add to that the huge number of people twittering about Mental Health and, well lets just say, are my eyes well and truly open. There are things happening, in research and law for example, that I had no idea about.
Some opinions on teenage depression have left me reeling, "blame the shit parents" opinions don't go down well with me. I have made mistakes yes, but still...everyone is different.
Then there are others out there that are doing incredible things, this post on Netmums, What to do if your child is being bullied really caught my eye. I'm following the author on Twitter, Alex Holmes. His post is refreshing, written by someone who really knows the score and understands the realistic options open to parents. How I wish I had seen this a few years ago, I wonder if things would be different? He is making a real difference running the Anti-Bullying Ambassador Programme which is being taken out to schools. Find out more by visiting The Diana Award website. I urge you, if you are reading this because your child is being bullied, go to these pages.
Another post I came across was this, Teenage Angst: A Rebuttal. Reading this made me think about things from my daughters point of view, which is no bad thing, a reality check perhaps.
Tonight Emily has been seeing things again. As I sat and listened to her talk I could feel part of me thinking "here we go again". I did not show this. I talked things through with her. It's quite likely that the return to school is bringing anxiety to the surface once more. Oh how I wish I had a magic wand.
So Twitter, tweets and some twits but all in all some great info and organisations.
- Mum of 2, suffering my own mental health issues, I began to write this blog as a way to release feelings and emotions. At 13 my daughter was terribly bullied which has led to her having serious mental health problems of her own. She is now 16. I wanted to document our journey and hopefully be able to look back and see how far we have come.