Polar Lights Awareness is an educational campaign for all areas related to mental health. By openly addressing mental illness and mental health problems, the project aims to destigmatize and educate. The more personal stories that are told, the higher the chance that they will reach an affected person, who will feel less alone or even receive some advice to deal better with their symptoms. At the same time, it increases the likelihood that people who are not affected can relate better to the topic.
Mental Health concerns us all. Mental illness can affect anyone. At any age, regardless of gender, nationality, skin color, political attitude, religion or social class. It is an issue for all human beings. For YOU too!
My name is Anke. I am a graduated nurse and studied vocational education in healthcare. In my sparetime I like to go to the cinema, watch series and movies, meet friends, write stories, attend conventions and spend time with my family and the dogs.
Until this point this is an ordinary introduction. In the end, these are facts from my life, but I usually skip part of my everyday struggle. A crucial part that affects me every day.
I have been diagnosed with dysthymia and depressive episodes. I am accompanied by social fears and eating disorders in everything I do. Symptoms may flash to the surface every now and then, but the diseases are invisible, but that doesn't change their existence!