‘If I can help one person, it’s not a waste of time’
Woman with borderline personality disorder aims to break down stigma through her own blog
07:01, 4 JULY 2015
BY PHILIP DEWEY
Sarah-Louise Roberts, 34, from Cardiff, is hoping to raise £10,000 for mental health charity Mind
A blog written by a woman with borderline personality disorder (BPD) is seeking to erase stigma from the condition and raise awareness of what it means.
Sarah-Louise Roberts, from Cardiff, started her blog Handbags and Heartbreak in June to educate people on the highs and lows of living with BPD and clinical depression.
The 34-year-old was encouraged to set up the blog as part of her campaign called 10,000 Kind Minds, which aims to raise £10,000 for mental health charity Mind.
Battled for 18 years
Sarah-Louise was diagnosed with mental health issues in 1997 and has battled drugs, alcohol and self-harm in the 18 years since.
Through the campaign Sarah-Louise hopes to shed light on what she sees as a lack of funding and support offered to those suffering with mental health issues.
She said: “Even as a teenager I loved to write when I was confused about my mental health and I used to write poetry.
“My doctor and my psychiatrist looked in my notebook and said I should put something online for people who are feeling confused and alone to read.