“I am not a victim of mental illness”

Seven years ago Leah was diagnosed with Bipolar Affective Disorder and Generalised Anxiety, however due to fear of stigma Leah continued to keep her mental illness a secret despite her long standing career in TV.

Recently Leah decided to write an open letter on social media where she courageously confessed the truth about living with bipolar. The response was phenomenal.

Leah refuses to be a victim of mental illness and calls herself a ‘mental health warrior’. She goes as far as to say there may be some benefits to living with Bipolar such as high creativity and reactive thinking which are great skills to have as a presenter. Leah would like to work with mental health research charities to explore this theory even further by making a documentary on the subject.

Leah believes social media has a huge negative impact on mental illness in today’s society and continues to speak about this important topic on radio, TV and social media.

She is now bridging the gap by combining her long standing TV presenting career and her mental illness by using this expertise for mental health awareness, wellbeing, and reducing stigma.

Leah is now a certified Mental Health First Aider, which means she can offer crisis support to those suffering mental illness or those seeking advice.

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

2 Timothy 1:7

Follow Leah’s story @leahcharlesking

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