"I have had mental health problems for nine years now, nine whole years of misery, unbearable intolerable emotional pain, and frustration - but not forgetting tiny spurts and sprouts of hope and semi-happiness amongst all this. When I was first diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder I felt angry. I felt it was a label – a label they give to awkward patients who don’t respond so they can blame the patient for not getting better rather then the treatment not working. I felt it was like they were saying my personality was essentially flawed and it challenged my very sense of self and being. However I’ve done a lot of reading about BPD and even had a few articles published by Mind, Rethink and One in Four Magazine and now I can completely understand why I was given the diagnosis. I am passionate about fighting and ending the stigma and discrimination attached to mental illness. I did some volunteering on the Time to Change campaign last year and I also do some sessions from time to time teaching medical students about mental health.