Hello and thanks for checking me out! I’ve started this blog in an attempt to be more open about mental health issues and living with long-term health problems. I want to raise awareness of what it’s like to live with a mental health problem and challenge the stigma associated with it.

Useful facts about me:

1) I do not enjoy the company of heated brown beverages. There is only virtual sparkling water in my virtual fridge.

2) I am a fan of cakes, but am permanently frustrated that they do not slice them big enough in the UK.

3) I don’t like anything historical, except for castles.

4) Nothing gives me greater pleasure than releasing a new blog post into the wild.

5) I have a carvery twice a week, on Tuesdays and Fridays.

6) I have a chinese takeaway every Wednesday (chicken cashew nuts.)

7) I am a creature of habit.

8) I love nothing more than rooting around charity shops for bargains.

9) I consider Speke Retail Park to be the single most depressing place on earth.

10) I massively heart The Saturdays at the moment. Frankie is my favourite.

11) I’d love to be a fashion designer when I grow up.

12) I love dogs – my favourite breeds are beagles, cocker spaniels and bichon frises. But anything cute is a winner really.

13) I’ve suffered Depression and Anxiety for most of my adult life.

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  1. Just with a brief look at your post I can see you have had a lot of frustration with the mental health profession. Maybe I can change that for you. I have a totally different mindset and approach. Thank you for following my blog. I hope it is helpful.

  2. Hi, I am so happy to have gotten your link and had the opportunity to critique your blog. The look of your blog is great. It”s nice and neat and easy to navigate. The comment and like button work well. Your layout is perfect and I love your about page. I felt like I might know you personally after reading it, which is always what you want in a blog. Your writing is really good and so are your topics.

    I noticed that your stats were extremely low for the quality of this blog. I have some easy remedies. You should put sharing buttons below each post. Let people share your posts with Twitter, Facebook etc… You will also want to make sure that you share your posts as well. Get them out to Stumblupon, Digg etc…

    The last bit of advice is to write more often. I have a feeling that every time you gain an audience, you end up losing them because you don’t write enough posts. Even two a week would work.

    Oh yeah, I almost forgot, put your follow blog at the top right corner. People won’t generally scroll to the bottom of your page. You will want to grab their attention right away.

    Hope this helps. Happy writing. 🙂

    • Hi Wendy, thank you for your great feedback on my blog! I really appreciate you taking the time to critique it and I will take on board your suggestions.

      The posts automatically go to my Twitter and Facebook feeds but I didn’t realise you could add the buttons for other people to share, thank you for that. I will definitely be doing this.

      I’ll also be taking your advice to write more often; this is something I’ve wanted to do for a while anyway.

      Great suggestion to move the ‘follow blog’ button to the top right hand corner – of course, this makes perfect sense!

      I’m really excited to put your advice into practice and thanks once again for your input 🙂

  3. Thank you sharing your thoughts and healing with us … I Just found this blog …. I look forward to reading more ..

    I also write a blog of healing …. hope to see you there

  4. Thank you for following “A Way With Words.” My joy in writing is made more complete when people read what I’ve written (and even more as they respond).

    I write primarily about faith and mental illness, but I’m also known to dabble in other subjects, stories, and even the occasional poem. If you have any requests, please let me know.

    I appreciate what you have going here at your blog, sharing your story in a light-hearted yet significant way. I pray you are blessed in your life and writing, as you bless others.

    Tony Roberts

    • Hi Tony,

      Thank you for following my blog too. I appreciate your support and I’m glad to think I’ve helped you (and others) in some way.

      Good luck with all your blogging endeavours and thank you so much for your lovely comment!


  5. Hi
    Thanks for this blog. I’ve also suffered from depression and anxiety trouble all my adult life, as well as addictive tendencies and ocd. I thought we could exchange on the subject. Could you contact me ? Take care..

  6. Hello Laura,

    It’s been some time. I’ve been away from blogging while pursuing other passions.

    I’m contacting long-standing blogging buddies to share some exciting news.

    I have now transformed my blog into the website “Delight in Disorder: Faith & Mental Illness” (delightindisorder.org). As a man of faith with over 25 years of “lived experience with bipolar disorder,” my goal is to share hope with others who have troubled minds and shatter stigma through stories.

    I hope you will join me there.

    Take care & God bless,

  7. Hi Laura. My name is Kit Hartley. I live in Lancashire UK and teach yoga. I’ve just found your website. Some years ago I was diagnosed with cyclic neutropenia. I’ve never met anyone with the same condition. It would be great to exchange some helpful thoughts about our weird blood! I would love to hear from you.

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