Northampton College student Taneesha Jayne has featured in national newspaper The Sun as part of an article looking at mental health in women.
Having blogged extensively on the subject for over a year, charting her personal progress, Taneesha has attracted an army of followers to her website http://positivi-tee.co.uk/
The following is an extract from the article which appeared in The Sun.
“Recently, I received a private message that blew me away. ‘I didn’t kill myself because of your blog. You helped me get through the night,’ it read.
"It reminded me I’m not alone, and that blogging can make a difference to other people’s struggles.
"I was first diagnosed with depression aged 14 as a result of being sexually abused as a child. I began self-harming, and despite being prescribed antidepressants, my mental health spiralled.
"Aged 17, after taking four overdoses in a year, going days without sleeping, being verbally aggressive and drinking heavily, I was admitted to the adolescent ward of my local hospital.
"I spent 10 months there as an in-patient, having psychotherapy and taking medication. But I continued self-harming and attempting suicide after being discharged in March 2015, so 10 months later I was re-admitted to hospital under the Mental Health Act.
"I was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD) and was moved to a specialist unit run by the mental health charity St Andrews Healthcare.
"There, I underwent dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) – which is similar to CBT but also focuses on accepting who you are – and I found it really helped.
"For four years I lost my life to mental illness. Aside from family and friends, my only comfort was writing a diary.
"Finally, last February, I was discharged and I moved into my own flat. I wanted to carry on writing to help my mental health, and also to give hope to others.
"Before I published the first post for my blog in March 2018, I thought long and hard about revealing something so personal.
"Understandably, my loved ones were also worried whether my health was robust enough for me to be so open about my condition.
"Thankfully, most of the reaction has been positive. Readers have told me the blog has inspired them to get treatment for the first time, or even encouraged them to reunite with family members they’d cut themselves off from because they were struggling with their mental health.
"When a psychiatrist posted in the comments section praising my blog, it felt incredible.
"Sadly, abusive comments go with the territory. I’ve been accused of blogging for money, seeking pity and even been called fat with a big nose. But I accept ups and downs are inevitable, just like with my health.
"I always have to be mindful about the subject of my posts. It’s a fine line between making sure you don’t gloss over the reality of what you’re going through and triggering someone else.
"My readers are often fighting their own battles with mental health conditions, so the last thing I would do is mention my own suicide attempts in detail.
"While I continue to take medication to manage my BPD, I’m at college studying for a higher education diploma in social sciences and I’m going to university in September to start a degree in occupational therapy.
"Before I started my blog, I felt so alone, but it’s had 3,000 views now, and people read it across the world, from the UK to Russia and South Africa.
"We’re in the grip of a huge mental health crisis among young people, but I hope my blog helps some of them see that even when you reach rock bottom, there is a way back up.”
Two Northampton College students will see their work exhibited as part of an international display having been honoured by one of the leading bodies in cutting-edge fashion.
Millinery students Olivia Morton and Rachel Matthews will have their hats featured in an exhibition curated by judges of the annual competition held by The Worshipful Company of Feltmakers – a specialist body set up to champion the art and design of headwear across the world.
Dance and musical theatre students at Northampton College had the chance to perform in front of the Arts Minister during a visit to Booth Lane.
Michael Ellis, Conservative MP for Northampton North, visited the college to see at first hand the facilities available for performing arts students and learn more about what the college is doing to encourage students to follow a career in the arts.
As part of the visit, he stopped off to watch rehearsals of sections of the students’ forthcoming Final Major Projects, before enjoying a tour of science, technology, engineering and maths classrooms and meeting students looking to embark on a career in travel and tourism.
He said: “As Minister for the Arts I am very fortunate to be able to see many productions and it’s wonderful to see so many talented young people right here in Northampton.
“The Arts is an incredibly important area, it’s vital for our economy and is extremely popular – more people in the UK go to the theatre each year than go to football matches. I hope to see many of these students progress onto the West End stage in years to come.”
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