Despite putting what seems like my whole life on social media, I obviously can’t share everything. I share a lot about mental health but not a lot about the rest of my life. I think it’s important to be seen as more than just my mental health because there’s so much more to my life too! So I took to Twitter and asked for some random questions. Boy did you guys provide! Let’s delve right in…
What do you think about Euthanasia? @RydeMePeek
Nice light hearted one to begin with! I actually have very clear views on this one. As long as the person requesting it is in a state of mind where they know what they are doing, I think it is definitely okay. I especially believe this as medical advances have taken us so far that I think people are living beyond the age they are supposed to. While prolonging someone’s life seems like a good thing, we need to ask ourselves at what age is it no longer justifiable to keep someone alive? The film ‘Me Before You’ is excellent at this as it shows that there is no hero who convinces him otherwise, the hero just looks after him until then. I don’t think that anyone should be able to force you to stay alive and, like many debates on drugs, I think people are going to do it anyway, should it not be a monitored and painless experience?
What is your favourite song at the moment and why? @ailovemusic89
There are far too many to decide! I listen to ‘Dead Girl Walking’ from Heathers a lot recently so that’s probably up there. I also love ‘Let Your Troubles Roll By’ by Carbon Leaf which I was reminded of when someone on Twitter was asking for relaxing music.
What inspired you to help other bloggers with their battle against mental illness? @NoddyMaccy
I think that anyone who has struggled with mental illness has this immediate connection with anyone else who does as well. It is a bit like a secret language. It can be difficult when the people in your life, no matter how amazingly supportive they are, don’t speak this language. So I thought it was important that we all knew that each other were there. Nobody should have to struggle with something that is so incredibly misunderstood even by people who are supporting it.
Who would your celebrity best friend be? @indierella_
There are so many people! I think that Amy Poehler would be up there. I absolutely loved the character Leslie Knope and always saw myself as a less extreme version of her. So when I read her book ‘Yes Please’ (everyone needs to read this book) I realised that she was also just a moderate Leslie. She and Tina Fey are basically friendship goals!
Older men or younger men? @HappyBowWow
I wouldn’t say that I necessarily limit myself to older or younger men (or even men for that matter!) but my boyfriend right now is the only boyfriend I have really had and the only one I hope I ever have and he’s two months younger. So I guess I’d say younger.
If you were on a hot beach, what would be your cooling drink of choice? @GFLBlog
I love Mocha Frappes or anything that consists of mainly ice. Also anything with Malibu in it. You could put Malibu and Orange Juice in a blender with ice. I’d sip that all day.
What is your ultimate fantasy job? @StealTheMGaming
Funny you should ask this because it has nothing to do with writing despite that being what I want to do now. I have always wanted to be in Musical Theatre. If I could go back in time and change my qualifications I would have been an actress with my dream job being Eponine in Les Miserables. I could do that part in my sleep!
What would be the best question someone could ask you on here? @Plgrimnow
Very funny! I like questions that make me think. If someone were to ask me a question that I didn’t already know the answer to then that would be impressive.
What is the most insensitive thing someone has said to you about mental health and how did you reply? @OneMoreLightLB.
I can’t remember! I am absolutely certain there have been remarks in the past but I just brush them off. Not worth responding. Not worth reacting. I don’t take note of anyone’s harsh comments really.
What is your absolute dream job? And what do you plan to be doing in 10 years time? @DSmithCreative1
I’m going to answer this differently to the other question that was about careers because it was worded slightly differently. My dream job at this point in time is to be a freelance writer and preferably a travel blogger. If I could get paid to travel that would be perfect! In ten years I see myself starting to consider settling down. I would have already been places and done all sorts of exciting things and I probably won’t want to stop but would also want a family. I’m sure in ten years I’ll be just as undecided on my future as I am now.
What would you put in your personal self care kit? @wantforwellness
I love this! First of all, one of those water bottles that tells you how much you should’ve had to drink by certain points in the day. I’d have the aforementioned book ‘yes please’ by Amy Poehler because it always inspires me and I would have some bath bombs to encourage me to get clean. I’d have my cuddly elephant Bernard for encouragement and an adult colouring book. And some mixed fruits and nuts because that will be easy to eat and not to overwhelming. And a hairbrush and some dry shampoo and deodorant in case I don’t quite feel like showering. That’s a big kit!
Why Blog? @iamataryn
I actually wrote a blog post on this and if you want more detail (AKA falling for my shameless self promotion) then you can find it here. Assuming you don’t want to do that then it’s because it gives me a sense of purpose. It gives me a something to do and helps with my mental health. I also think that I can help others in my situation and connect with so many other bloggers!
You’re on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, Tumblr and WordPress. What’s your strategy for communicating about mental health within and across these platforms? How do the platforms you use influence how you communicate about mental health? Why do you call yourself a blogger? @estherchinmedia
At the moment I only really focus on Mental Health Content on my Blog and Twitter. I am definitely looking to put it into my Instagram soon and then maybe further but at the moment I just use other platforms to promote my blog posts about mental health. They probably influence the way I portray it because I know that I have a more mental health based following on twitter so my posts are addressing it with the assumption that people know whereas Instagram is far more about awareness because my followers are largely unaware of the movement. I call myself a blogger because I blog! That’s really all there is to it. I wish I had some witty answer for you.
What fictional place would you most like to go? @glaizabinayas
I remember that in a Doctor Who episode they mentioned going to a place called Space Florida and that pretty much sounds like the best place ever!
What’s your favourite thing about blogging? @blueocean455
The people and community! I feel like I have a place and that I’m supported by so many others and I love it! You’re all so wonderful!
So that’s it for this time around but I have had a lot of fun so I hope that I can do this again sometimes. Thank you all for your contributions!