Be honest about who you are and where you are in life with the people who matter most to you.
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For me, working with clay and ceramics is the ideal distraction to keep me off the drink. It’s hard to throw a pot with a can of Fosters in my hand! I find it relaxing and it helps to reduce my anxiety – all food for helping with the symptoms of PTSD.
My journey hasn’t been pretty; in fact it’s been like a war – a war without guns.
Having mental illness does not define me. Nor does it have to define you either. You are strong, resilient, capable and worthy.
The peer support program I started with went well and has been taken over by our ministry of health through our national referral hospital Butabika hospital to be rolled out across the whole country. I have now concentrated on raising mental health awareness to combat stigma which I think is very, very important.