Mental Health Matters

* This post has been written by our Social Media Administrator. * There is a common misconception in our society that mental health shouldn’t be treated as urgently as physical health. You get told that you’re just being ‘overly dramatic’ or seeking attention when having an anxiety or panic attack; that you’re lazy if you […]

Sitting with my Stranger

* This post is written by one of our volunteer content creators.* Hi guys! Just wanted to offer some food for thought and invite discussions. Everyone has a voice, the good, bad and the ugly, but always with love and light. Otherwise, you’re on the wrong blog, my friend. Along this journey I have come […]

Imposter Syndrome and Autism

* This post has been written by our Social Media Administrator. * Hey everyone! It’s been a while. This month’s blog post is dedicated to battling ‘imposter syndrome’ – a psychological ‘phenomenon’ in which the person involved begins to doubt themselves and reconsider what they’ve gone through. I confess that I’m often guilty of this […]

Emotional Respite: Disability Counselling Service

* This post is written by a guest blogger – it is not sponsored. * My name is Helen and I founded Emotional Respite: Disability Counselling Service in 2014 after identifying a gap in the market. I came to the conclusion that counselling was not accessible to all after researching the barriers people with disabilities […]

Honesty & Transparency

* This post is written by one of our volunteer content creators.* * TW: Brief Mention Of Abuse! * Hi guys! I want to touch on the importance of honesty, transparency, and having a two-way traffic outlook on life. But before I go on, I want to clarify that this blog series is about MY journey and […]

Meet Adam…

* This post is written by one of our volunteer content creators. * Hi, I’m Adam! A 45-year-old Army Veteran, Transgender man living with a disability. Originally from Scotland, I moved to England aged 25 to re-enlist in the army. Fast forward to my early 30’s and I once again had to leave, only this […]

Meet Cameron…

* This post has been written by our Social Media Administrator. * Hi, I’m Cameron! As a sufferer of moderate-severe depression and GAD (generalised anxiety disorder), I’m very aware of how little support is offered to those with disabilities of the mind. This is because a mental illness isn’t typically seen as a ‘disability’. Yet depression […]

Shedding The Shame

* This post is written by one of our volunteer content creators. * In my years of activity within the disabled community, I see so many aspects of disabled life that are unique to an individual, or a condition, giving a rich insight into the diversity within the community itself. However, it also shows the […]

Mental Health & Self Isolation

For many people living with a disability, the coronavirus outbreak has lead to almost an entire year of self-isolation! Everyone has family and friends they desperately miss, public places they wish to visit and routine health services they long to access again. Meaning it’s understandable if you are struggling to see the positives, and perhaps […]

Mental Health & Chronic Illnesses

* This post is written by one of our volunteer content creators. * As we continue to see life around us continue to resemble what is now known as the new ‘normal’, we’re bound to be experiencing a complex array of emotions. Perhaps relief, perhaps dread, maybe even excitement – but as someone living with […]

A New Life

* This post is written by one of our volunteer content creators. * Last month, Lauren posted a blog about July being ‘Disability Pride Month’ and the challenges surrounding the concept – especially when your disability impacts every part of your life, including your future plans. As I read Lauren’s blog, I was lying in […]

A Taste of Freedom

* This post is written by one of our volunteer content creators. * After beginning self-isolation 9 weeks ago I’m definitely getting cabin-fever. My cat Daisy is a great companion, but I’ve been craving fresh air, green trees, and wide-open spaces. Yesterday I woke up at 5 am so at about 6:30 am, I headed out to […]

Meet Lori…

* This post is written by one of our volunteer content creators. * Hi, I’m Lori! I am beyond excited to be writing my very first blog post for the new AYL website – it means so much to have been accepted for this fantastic opportunity. Today I wish to talk to you about my […]

Mental Health Awareness Week

As Mental Health Awareness Week draws to a close, I thought I would write a post to give people an insight into some of the mental health struggles people living with a disability face! Disabled people are often forgotten about when it comes to mental health issues and it needs to change! People living with […]