A 49-year-old woman has said she has “overwhelm[ed]” with sympathy for the mental health of mental illness denialist Cathy Brennan, and is seeking to raise awareness of the stigma associated with the term.
Ms Brennan, who denies she has any mental health issues, was convicted in 2012 for stalking her former partner in the West Midlands after he threatened to reveal details of her sex life.
Ms Brennister has appealed her conviction but the High Court has ruled that the sentence must be stayed until she can meet the conditions of her rehabilitation.
The woman is currently receiving support from the BDA Mental Health Association in a bid to help her through the mental and physical challenges of living with mental illness.
“I have a number of people in my life who are struggling with mental health,” she told the BBC.
“They’ve lost their jobs, they’ve lost homes, they’re going through difficult times, and I have people in a relationship who have been through so much that I know how to get through.”
I have people who are in therapy and people who have no hope, so I am so overwhelmed by the support that they’re getting and by the people who actually want to help.
“The case has been highlighted by Cathy Brennan in the BBC’s Women in Mental Health programme, which examines the challenges of mental health for women.
The programme, Women in Recovery, has also been shown to raise money for charities, including the BDI.
“It’s a very tough journey to go through, but she taught me I was worth it.””
She always taught me that if you put your mind to something, to do it, to dream, to believe, to take it one step at a time,” she said.
“It’s a very tough journey to go through, but she taught me I was worth it.”
It’s just like my mother was very proud of my work, and said to me, ‘If you don’t do it then it will just keep going on’.” She continued: “I never stopped because I didn’t want to stop.
She always said to think of me, but to think about what she did for me and what she made me realise, it was just a very rewarding and fulfilling life.
“In an interview with the BBC, Ms Brennan described the “worrying” stigma around mental illness as “a real drag”.
She said: “It was a real drag, a real barrier to people saying, ‘Well, what about me?
What’s wrong with me?”
“But I’ve found that people do get help, and if you have a friend or a family member who is in that situation and they say they’ve experienced it, they can see how it can help and help you.”
So it is really important for us to be aware of the things that we can do and don’t have to put up with.
“The fact that there’s a stigma around it, that it’s not really talked about, is so discouraging.”
My mother always taught us that if we’re brave enough to do something and do it right, we can live a better life.”‘
“And I’ve done the things I’ve been asked to do to make myself happy. “
I’ve had some challenges and I’ve always been very confident, I’ve had a great career and I love my husband,” she added.
“If I had to put a label on it, I would say that I’m more vulnerable because I am not afraid to say I have a mental illness.” “
Ms Brennan’s appeal to raise the awareness of mental illnesses has also gained the attention of her former husband, who said he was “heartbroken” by her case. “
If I had to put a label on it, I would say that I’m more vulnerable because I am not afraid to say I have a mental illness.”
Ms Brennan’s appeal to raise the awareness of mental illnesses has also gained the attention of her former husband, who said he was “heartbroken” by her case.
He told the ABC: “She has shown so much resilience in terms of what she’s done for others and for herself.”
She’s been an example to many young people, and she’s also given hope to many other people, including me.
“So that is a huge thing.” “
The woman, who has worked in the film industry, has previously said that she does not regret her decision to speak about her experiences. “
So that is a huge thing.”
The woman, who has worked in the film industry, has previously said that she does not regret her decision to speak about her experiences.
“No,” she wrote on her Facebook page.