Biography - Bella Rareworld
I was first diagnosed with bipolar disorder 13 years ago and my bipolar comes in two forms; manic episodes and depression. I do get manic episodes, but I’d say about 70% of the time my bipolar manifests as depression.
When I have depression I feel worthless, I’ll often have short term memory loss, to the extent where I’ll forget my achievements. I feel low confidence and low self-esteem, which is unusual as I am quite a confident person with gift of tenacity.
“I hope one day a person diagnosed with bipolar disorder can be judged for the person they are
– not for their mental health”
During a manic episode, it’s feels like you’ve doubled up on all your skills; you get super creative; you want to do so many different things.
You become really energetic. In my case – I like writing – so when I’m in a manic stage I could write for ages.
Another thing that happens when I’m manic is I become very talkative, and so I just start talking about anything – and sometimes it could be personal stuff I don’t even mean to share.
What is Bipolar Disorder.
United Kingdom National Health Service (NHS) describes Bipolar disorder as a mental health condition that affects your moods, which can swing from one extreme to another.
It used to be known as manic depression. Episodes of mania and depression often last for several weeks or months.
Create a support network.
Finding a close person to share your feelings will help you.
shows that black women
are more likely to be diagnosed with bipolar
than any other
in the UK.
Bipolar is one of the UK’s commonest long-term conditions with almost as many people living with bipolar as cancer (2.4%), it is more than twice as common as dementia (0.8%), epilepsy (0.8%), autism (0.8%), rheumatoid arthritis (0.7%) and learning disabilities (0.5%)
Bipolar increases an individual’s risk of suicide by up to 20 times
It takes an average 9 years to get a correct diagnosis of bipolar and there is a misdiagnosis an average of 3.5 times
Source: Bipolar uk
How do I seek help for mental illness?
If you are in crisis
Please Seek Help Immediately.
How to get help in a crisis
1. Call 999
or go straight to A&E, if you can
2. Call 116 123 Samaritans, if you are feeling distressed or are concerned about someone else. You will receive non-judgemental emotional support, 24 hours a day.
3. Contact a UK therapist
How to fine a UK Therapist, directory here.
1. Call 911,
or go to the nearest emergency room
2. Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to reach a 24-hour crisis center, text MHA to 741741
3. Contact a U.S. therapist
How to fine a UK Therapist, directory here.
Starting a podcast saved my mental health
Bella Rareworld in the media
London Business Matters is the official publication of London's Chamber of Commerce and Industry | October 2020 issue (page 38)
Stylist Magazine | 5 months ago
The Lady | Tragedy to Triumph Series | October 2019
Pride Magazine | Mental Health Truths: Life With Bipolar Disorder | May 2019
Who I have worked with:
Useful Mental Health Websites
A support forum for everyone affected by bipolar disorder.
020 7803 1101
Improving the lives of those with mental health problems or learning difficulties.
SANE | 0300 304 7000.
National, out-of-hours mental health helpline offering specialist emotional support and information to anyone affected by mental illness, including family, friends and carers. The helpline is open every day of the year from 6pm to 11pm.
Mind | 0300 123 3393
Support across a range of mental health conditions. The line is open from 9am-6pm.
Rethink Mental Illness | 0300 5000 927.
Advice and support to those experiencing severe mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia, and to their carers and relatives.
Together | 020 7780 7300
Supports people through mental health services.
Anxiety UK | 08444 775 774
Works to relieve and support those living with anxiety disorders by providing information, support and understanding via an extensive range of services, including 1:1 therapy.
Young Minds | 020 7336 8445
Provides information and advice for anyone with concerns about the mental health of a child or young person.
PANDAS Foundation | 0843 28 98 401
Vision is to support every individual with pre (antenatal), postnatal depression or postnatal psychosis in England, Wales and Scotland. We campaign to raise awareness and remove the stigma. We provide our PANDAS Help Line, every day from 9am-8pm. Support Groups offer online advice to all and much more.
Elefriends - https://www.elefriends.org.uk/
A community support forum hosted by the charity Mind, where individuals can talk about any aspect of their mental health.
Open forums for under-25s to discuss mental health and other topics.
The Centre for Mental Health | 020 7827 8300
Working to improve the quality of life for people with mental health problems.
BACP Find a Therapist Directory | 01455 883300
Find out more about counselling services in your area.
The City Mental Health Alliance is a membership organisation that works with senior leaders in large businesses
Childline | 0800 1111
Free, national helpline for children and young people in trouble or danger.
Listening, support and information service run by students for students.
Age Concern | 0800 009c966
Community issues relating to older people.
Lesbian and Gay Switchboard | 020 7837 7324
Provides information, support and referral services.
Refugee Council | 020 7346 6700
The UK’s largest organisation working with refugees and asylum seekers.
Relate | 0300 100 1234
Offers advice, relationship counselling, sex therapy, workshops, mediation, consultations and support.
Education Support Partnership | 08000 562 561
A 24/7 telephone support line which gives teachers access to professional coaches and counsellors 365 days a year. The network also campaigns for change within schools and education policy in order to improve the wellbeing, mental and physical health of teachers.
The voice of carers. It improves their lives by providing information, advice, support and by campaigning for change
Gives free confidential information and advice to help people sort out their money, legal, consumer and other problems. Support for children and young people.
Our team brings together the brightest minds, working together to transform the world of mental health.