Asif, 25, Birmingham, UK

image1.JPG“The mental illness I suffer from is depression.

I am not your typical twenty-something-year-old man strolling blindly along the path of life, and conforming to what society believes I should be. I am different and am proud of the all the traits, interests and views that make me who I am.

I love art, in many forms… I am myself a lover but also enjoy illustrations and creating images that will live on when I am no longer here. I love evoking reactions out of the admirers of my art and maybe even allowing someone to see something from a new perspective.

My other passion is that of music, and although I have been playing the piano since I was 9 years old, I still feel like an amateur as I am introduced to new ways in which I can use my talent.

The recent events that have transpired in my life have given me a different outlook, and I have learned to be more selfish because, in the end, all you have is yourself and life is what YOU make of it. So live each day to the fullest, and make sure you are living for yourself and no one else.

“If you support someone with a mental illness, you may face practical and emotional problems from time to time. There is no right or wrong way to support someone with a mental illness. How you support someone will depend on you and the person you care for… – Asif Shafi”

Please understand that;

•There is no ‘one size fits all’ model for supporting someone with a mental illness. How you care for someone will depend on you and the person you care for.

•It can help to understand the diagnosis and how it affects the person you care for. Setting out roles and responsibilities together can be useful.

•Be patient – getting better can take time.

•Encourage the person you’re supporting to be independent and take part in everyday activities. •If you live together setting out house rules can help.

•Make a crisis or emergency plan.

•Remember that you are not to blame if things get difficult.

•Make sure you look after yourself and your own wellbeing.

These are just but a few pointers I learned to help me overcome what society believes are a disorder when people can’t deal with problems they dismiss them as appose to just helping and understanding what people go through.

Please Note you and I are not alone. The best method of approach is by talking; never consider yourself at lower worth just because you think people will look at you differently. Because we are all one, with love and support we can unite and bring smiles to those who have forgotten how.”





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