Photo 10 Sep Dame Margot gets her posie (Taken with Instagram)

Dame Margot gets her posie (Taken with Instagram)

Text 15 Jul

I find my fellow species a curious lot. Having bipolar brings into sharp relief the yawning abyss of ignorance of mental health.

Usually, this is, simply, a matter of not wanting to know. Don’t be surprised, this is most often the case within our own families.

Bipolar, as with all mental illnesses, is not so different to any other chronic illnesses or injuries. You can see the effects of asthma, for example, and treat it. Same with bipolar.

It comes down, really, to approach. If you approach mental illness with angst you will be blinded by its simplicity. As with the asthmatic, certain things need to be taken into account. That goes without saying. But it ain’t rocket surgery.

Like a long term, chronic, knee injury, we need support. We need some allowance made. But we don’t bite. Surprisingly, some of us are even smart.

Education. It is incumbent upon us, as people with mental illness to educate our family and friends. It is also up to you, our family and friends to learn a little about us, too. Just as you approach life with an asthmatic or someone in chronic pain, so to we have an approach you should take.

I hope I have answered a few questions. I pray that I have raised many more in your mind.

Jeff.

Photo 28 Apr Normal Sunday night + the edits.  (Taken with Instagram at Parish Of Dulwich Hill)

Normal Sunday night + the edits. (Taken with Instagram at Parish Of Dulwich Hill)

Photo 13 Apr They lost this one, but Sharkies 4th on ladder (Taken with Instagram at Insanity & A Slow Descent Into Hell)

They lost this one, but Sharkies 4th on ladder (Taken with Instagram at Insanity & A Slow Descent Into Hell)

Photo 27 Mar Great start (Taken with Instagram at Parish Of Dulwich Hill)

Great start (Taken with Instagram at Parish Of Dulwich Hill)

Photo 27 Mar Good morning (Taken with Instagram at Parish Of Dulwich Hill)

Good morning (Taken with Instagram at Parish Of Dulwich Hill)

Photo 15 Mar This is over 100 years old and I have the honour of restoring it.  (Taken with Instagram at Jeff Marsh Photography)

This is over 100 years old and I have the honour of restoring it. (Taken with Instagram at Jeff Marsh Photography)

Photo 12 Mar Police. Are appealing for witnesses.  (Taken with Instagram at Black Dog Institute)

Police. Are appealing for witnesses. (Taken with Instagram at Black Dog Institute)

Photo 8 Mar Walking On Rose Puddles (Taken with Instagram at Parish Of Dulwich Hill)

Walking On Rose Puddles (Taken with Instagram at Parish Of Dulwich Hill)

Photo 8 Mar Walking in  puddles (Taken with instagram)

Walking in puddles (Taken with instagram)

Photo 28 Feb Part two ;-) have a great day.  (Taken with Instagram at Parish Of Dulwich Hill)

Part two ;-) have a great day. (Taken with Instagram at Parish Of Dulwich Hill)

Photo 28 Feb Another gorgeous start to the day.  (Taken with Instagram at Parish Of Dulwich Hill)

Another gorgeous start to the day. (Taken with Instagram at Parish Of Dulwich Hill)

Photo 26 Feb Glorious Morning; good morning to all.  (Taken with Instagram at Parish Of Dulwich Hill)

Glorious Morning; good morning to all. (Taken with Instagram at Parish Of Dulwich Hill)

Photo 25 Feb Innerwest Sunset (Taken with Instagram at Parish Of Dulwich Hill)

Innerwest Sunset (Taken with Instagram at Parish Of Dulwich Hill)

Photo 24 Feb Gracie’s new ballet bag #StageDad (Taken with instagram)

Gracie’s new ballet bag #StageDad (Taken with instagram)


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