Monday, 14 November 2016

Meet Megan Rees!

One of my favourite things about blogging is getting to 'meet' some amazing people, especially those in the Mental Health blogging community. As I've said 100 times, part of the reason I started blogging was for an outlet to talk about my mental health, so getting to interact with strong, inspiriting and motivating bloggers is a real privilege. 
Today I wanted to share a little interview/collab I did with the wonderful Megan Rees, who you might remember I listed as one of my favourite mental health bloggers. I thought it would be interesting to find out a little more about her and her experiences with blogging and mental health, so I asked her a few questions to get her perspective on the topic.



1. Tell me a bit about yourself! What is your favourite memory, and what is your favourite animal?

Hello, I'm Megan, 22 and I run megrrees.com. My favourite memory has to be when my parents surprised me on my 8th birthday by not only getting me a Gameboy Advance SP, but took me to DISNEYLAND! It was incredible, it's my favourite place on Earth so much so that I've been twice since. My favourite animal by far is a Sloth - I actually researched how much one would cost at university but it would have been my whole student loan!

2. How did you get into blogging? What are your favourite topics to blog about?

Surprisingly, I started blogging in October 2011 with a Halloween OOTD and I've been in and out of it ever since. This July however, I finally found what I'd suppose you'd call my niche in Mental Health blogging. It felt really daunting at first to open myself up so publicly, but I absolutely love it and couldn't think of a better thing to write about.

3. Can you tell me a little about your experience with mental health?

I've had mental health issues since the age of 14 (8 years ago) but only got my diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) in January 2015. Along with this, I have Depression, Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) and dip in and out of Eating Disorders frequently. It's been really hard to deal with, there's been a lot of downs but it's a journey that you have to ride in order to recover.

4. Have you ever sought out treatment, and how did that experience go?

Treatment has been a very long road with me. At 15, I was made to see the school counsellor (terrible!) and then after my first hospitalised attempt, I was forced to see the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). I lied to them constantly about how well I was doing as I honestly did not want to see them anymore, thus was discharged very quickly. After my attempt in January 2015, I really sought for help from the NHS, and waited throughout 2015 to attend the local Personality Disorders clinic. However, it all fell through and I was sidelined very quickly - something that tends to happen when you're not actively killing yourself despite being a very high risk patient. After another attempt this July, I pushed my GP to refer me for any sort of counselling and have finished 6 sessions of CBT with Primary Care and am waiting for a longer term therapy with Secondary Care.

5. What are your favourite methods of self care?

Netflix, a cup of tea, a good support network and a nice long bath.

6. Do you have any advice for anyone who might be suffering?

Talk. Talk to the closest person in your life, talk to your doctor, talk to twitter, talk to me. Get it out in the open and make sure that people know that you are suffering. Do not ever feel alone because that's one of the tricks the mind can play on you.

7. What is one misconception about mental health you'd like to clear up

That it's just a mental problem. Mental illness is just as physical as it is mental. It's an invisible and possibly life-threatening illness that needs as much care and attention as any other illness.

8. Is there anyone you can be completely honest about your mental health with? 

I'm pretty honest when it comes to the top 'layers' of my mental illness and tell pretty much anyone about that as it's important to spread awareness as much as possible. However, when it gets a bit deeper, I tend to only tell a select few, or bottle it up, because I don't really think I need to constantly tell everyone that.

9. Do you have a blog post you're particularly proud of?

I have two favourite posts that are both very personal. Firstly, What Does Depression Feel Like? as I actually wrote this when I was in a very dark place at the beginning of the year, yet kept it a secret for a good six months. It explores what goes with Depression and shows some of the darker feelings that some may not particularly know about. The other is How It Feels To Mentally Spiral which I wrote as I was experiencing the mental turmoil of feeling myself slide again.

10. Who are your 3 favourite bloggers we should all be following?

My favourites (apart from yours) have to be Laura's (ellejc.com) as it is very similar to my own, working to break down the mental health stigma whilst also throwing in a few lifestyle posts. Another is Mel's (geekmagnifique.co.uk) as she has such a beautiful writing style and can either make me laugh or cry! Finally Vix's (vixmeldrew.com) because she is the bomb, she writes about sex and relationships so openly and is just brill.


Massive thanks to Megan for collaborating with me on this post - again, go check out her blog here as it is just brilliant and I can't stop raving about it. It was really interesting to get to hear about her experiences with mental health, and I am so thankful to her for being so open with us all. 
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5 comments

  1. This is such a great idea for a post! Love it and love Meg!

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  2. Meg sounds amazing! Thanks for sharing this lovely, I'm off to check her blog out now :)

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  3. Really like this post idea, Beth! Thank you for sharing Meg's story with us! I completely agree with Meg's answer that mental health is just as important as physical health, and that mental health doesn't just stop with what's in your mind - it affects your whole state of being, physical and emotional! A great post!

    Abbey ✨ www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

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  4. This subject seems particularly interesting and heartwarming,also. Although, I personally haven't undertaken a mental illness, I do have a few family members who have suffered and are suffering from mental illness. It's great how you're so open, you'll able to talk about your previous issues,give advice as well as deal with mental health in the best way possible. All the best!!����

    #sweetreats xxx www.bakingboutiquebirds.blogspot.co.uk/

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  5. I like these types of post. I'm always excited to find someone new! Thank you for sharing. :)

    Michelle Morchella

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