Making of a Mental Health Video

For a long time I have been wanting to do more for spreading awareness of mental health.

I have been retweeting stuff on twitter, but I felt this was not enough. So my idea to do a video came to me one night while wide awake in bed. The original idea was just to have captions to music, but after discussing it with @raspberrytalk we both agreed that actually talking about mental health would be better.
I was going to do the talking on the video, but I then thought it would be more impactful if we had both sides - mine as the carer and @raspberrytalk as the caree.

We neither of us dreamed this would take us on such an emotional journey - some feelings that had been buried come up to the surface while doing the video. But most of all, doing this video reminded us of what a good team we really are.
During the editing process it almost felt like old times when we used edit wedding videos together. Just a pity we don't have a decent camera any more :(



  1. Thank you so much for your bravery in sharing this story. This is so important to raise awareness of the many complex facets of having a mental health illness, particularly because of the extreme nature of your husband's condition and what this means for you as a carer, and for you both as a married couple.

    I applaud your honesty and watched this clip with fascination, sadness, and more and more belief that we all need to stick together and speak out about ending the stigma around mental health to educate other people and continue to win more support for this type of illness.

    I have nothing so serious in any way as your husband. I suffer from depression and anxiety. I have been lucky that I've had very little time off work with the condition until this year (despite having had it for 20+ years) and also have a supportive husband, family and network of friends (and work has been supportive too).

    If you're interested in reading my story, please do. I blog about my health and life in general here:

    Please keep posting and keep hanging in there - both of you. Sending all my best to you. Have a healthy weekend. x

  2. Thank you so much for your kind words.

    take care

  3. Thank you Robin it means a lot and I will always think of you as