‘The darkest nights have the prettiest constellations’- Dani Sylvia
This blog was started by Eleanor Segall. a young woman in the UK who has lived with bipolar disorder for 15 years as well as an anxiety disorder. Diagnosed with bipolar 1 disorder (a mood disorder) at 16, and now aged 31, I blog about what has helped me in recovery and am here to help others.
Be Ur Own Light was started in March 2016 to raise awareness to friends and family of what life is like living with these conditions and to emphasise how, however difficult you can go on to live a happy and fulfilling life. I write to combat stigma against mental illness and increase understanding of mental health conditions. We also have guest bloggers who write who share these goals too- thank you to them all!
I hope you enjoy reading the posts and positive comments and any questions are always welcomed. You can contact me via the Contact page, email or tweet me @EleanorSegall and @beurownlight. I am also on Instagram @beurownlightblog.
My book ‘Bring me to Light: Embracing my Bipolar and Social Anxiety’ with Trigger Publishing will be published in November 2019 in the UK and in the USA and worldwide in 2020. It tells about my life story with mental illness and finding hope in the dark.
(image: Trigger Publishing)
For more Blog posts, you can see my posts about life with Bipolar and Anxiety for Rethink Mental Illness, Time to Change, Mind, No Panic, Bipolar UK, STOP Suicide, Self Harm UK, SANE, Centre for Mental Health, Judith Trust, ISMA and further collaborations with Metro.co.uk, the Telegraph, Glamour Magazine (UK), Cosmopolitan Magazine, Elle Magazine, Huffington Post UK, Happiful Magazine and happiful.com, Trigger Publishing, Brighton Wellness Centre, Counsellors Cafe Magazine, The Counselling Directory, The Jewish News, Mental Health Today, E-Therapy, Equilibrium Magazine, Phobia Support Forum, World Union of Jewish Students, Aish Perspectives Magazine, The Monologues Project, Refinery 29 and Anxiously Active Blog. See the articles tab to read more!
I provide my story on request to companies.and also talk about mental health on radio, podcast and as a speaker.
We are lucky to have been awarded as a Top 10 UK mental health blog by Vuelio in 2019 (at no 7)- such an honour. The blog was a shortlisted Finalist in the Health and Social Care Individual Category of the UK Blog Awards 2018 .
Thanks for stopping by- We believe in hope, healing, talking and recovery.
You are not Alone. Please reach for help if you need it. These are UK lines:
Samaritans UK Helpline: 116 123
CALM is the Campaign Against Living Miserably, for men aged 15 to 35. Phone: 0800 58 58 58 (daily, 5pm to midnight)
Emotional support, information and guidance for people affected by mental illness, their families and carers. SANEline: 0300 304 7000 (daily, 4.30pm to 10.30pm)
Textcare: comfort and care via text message, sent when the person needs it most: www.sane.org.uk/textcare
Peer support forum: www.sane.org.uk/supportforum