The founder: Kay


Hello! I’m Kay Ska (aka Karolina Szczypiorska;)), I’m 21 and currently live in North West, UK.

I made this blog (it was actually just a FB page at the start which actually got deleted, that’s why I moved onto the blog! Current; Facebook page) in November 2015. Back then I was in a really bad place myself but I really wanted to help, educate others on mental health and try to get rid of all the stigma around it.

I’ve experienced mental health issues for most of my life (anxiety being the main one, agoraphobia, panic disorder, depression, eating disorder, self-harm, body dysmorphia & OCD), however, I haven’t got proper help until last year (which is when I found out that all those MH issues (most of them, if not all) have been caused by PTSD). I’ve always been told that I was too young to have depression or be anxious, that it’s just my hormones, that there’s nothing to be depressed/anxious about.. There is so much of stigma attached to mental health that I tried to ignore my mental health problems for as long as I possibly could. And let’s just say that wasn’t the best thing I did.

This is why I created this blog, to show people that no matter what age, gender or background you’re from, it can affect you (or someone you know)! It’s okay to talk! Your story is so important!

I’m extremely passionate about spreading the mental health awareness, as well as helping people in any way I possibly can and by sharing my and many others story on this blog.

There isn’t a certain look to us who live with mental illnesses.

Follow me/ come say hi, my personal accounts: Flikr (photography), InstagramTwitterMy personal blog

Podcasts I’ve been on;

Chrissie’s, Mental Health Matters
Mike’s Open Journal, Discussion time (part 1) & (part 2), Kay returns (part 1) & (part 2), The lost Pokemon EP (with Rich), Casual Chat
Radio shows; Tiffany’s, Moments of Clarity

Featured on:

Defying mental illness, Sharing my story

Domestic Violence UK, My life matters; The Mutual Support Magazine

Daily Focal, Inspirational women

John’s Road To Volunteering, Community champions

The Every Body  Beauty Standard, Reinventing beauty standards 

Blue Jay of Happiness, Inspiring people to follow on social media

Cornerstone Recovery Center, Top 10 Recovery Blogs

GLAMOUR magazine, The 8 kindest people on Instagram 

Mental Health Bites, UK Blog Awards Debrief

The Wandering Mermaids, Wandering mermaid

Teen Vogue, Instagrammers open up about MH posts

HuffPost UK, 7 Instagram Accounts Inspiring Better Mental Health


*Founder of Healing Journey

*Worth Living Ambassador

~UK Blog Awards Highly Commended in Health and Social Care category

Work with me email-



  1. March 25, 2016 / 4:38 pm

    Yes, Kay, it is a great thing that you are doing. I found great cathartic relief when I took this same journey many years ago. It has led me to getting the help needed, recovering from my issues, and starting a company to help others. I also wrote a book chronicling my challenges called “A Ladder In The Dark: My journey from bullying to self-awareness.

    Mental health issues make us feel alone and embarrassed. But there is no need and the stigma of what once was needs to be broken. Many of us can recovery with a belief we can, a patience to do so, and learning how to cope with our issues. Some of us won’t be so lucky to fully recover, but can manage their illness. We are all one community and none of us are alone. If I have learned nothing else, it is that and it is always for us to remember.

    “Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is mystery. Today is a gift. And that is why it is called ‘the present'” ~Eleanor Roosevelt.

  2. April 9, 2016 / 1:28 pm

    Great job Kay! I love that you’re taking care of yourself and helping others in the process. Very inspiring ☺

  3. Leslie
    August 2, 2016 / 5:20 pm

    Suffer in silence like so many before, run run run away. The next time you meet someone and say, how you doing, ask them again and look them in the eye. You will be surprised how many people need just a few words to open up.

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