Forward from #BlackDogRunner: Hello and welcome to the final day of this exciting week of guest tweeting!
The last guest, Bunny, is a truly unique individual. Intimidatingly bright, effortlessly funny, and irritatingly elegant in equal measures, Bunny is definitive proof that mental health problems do not discriminate. Despite a hard life and a very tough time with her illness, Bunny somehow still believes in – and regularly demonstrates – genuine human kindness. I hope you enjoy her tweets, I’ll be back on Sunday for one last week of frantic fundraising before the run!
Break the silence, break the stigma: Bunny’s interview for #PoundForTheHound
Twitter name: @rabbitsoup_zola
Diagnosis: Bipolar affective disorder.
Favourite comfort food: Sea salted dark chocolate, or, failing that, dark chocolate digestives.
Most irritating, but harmless, symptom/side effect: Washing machine brain.
Most irritating response to ‘seeking help’: From CMHT consultant psychiatrist, ‘It’s not the job of the community mental health team to instill a sense of hope in you‘
Most stigmatising comment received: ‘You’re just lazy‘
…from a health professional: ‘You have a bad attitude, that’s why you keep being re-admitted to hospital. It’s your own fault you haven’t received the help you need‘
Offer some useful advice: Do what you can, when you can, while you can. And when you can’t, you can’t.
Offer some useless advice: Eating kale might help.
#PoundForTheHound tribute: Never give up.