When people found out about my mental health history, they made me feel ashamed.
So I began to feel real shame which lasted for years.
This enabled the people who wanted to bully me, and call after me in the street.
I felt such shame, I would turn and walk in the opposite direction.
But should we feel shame?
When I was in hospital, I met brave people who had faced terrible things, and somehow survived.
They had a breakdown, but that is nothing to be ashamed of.
I realise now I have spent so many years feeling shame, when I forgot those brave people who were trying to recover from trauma.
I want to leave the feelings of shame behind, and I want to try to remember that mental illness can teach us so much,..