Guest Blog by Charles Marshall
Updated: Jun 29
My names Charles Marshall, I run the mental health website www.authenticmentalhealth.com
Twitter - @Autmentalhealth
A short bio about myself
I am a 22 year old male from Birmingham, United Kingdom. I have suffered with anxiety for as long as I can remember. During my childhood I brushed my feelings off thinking I was normal and everyone felt like I did. I was soon to realize later on in my adult life that this wasn’t true.
Shortly after I finished my high school education my problems started to begin. I would lock myself in my room for days and not leave, I would sleep all the time and barely eat. All my friends would be out playing in the sunshine, playing football in the park or riding their bikes as normal teenagers do.
I vividly remember one summer when I was 16, my mom was worried about me like any mother would be seeing her 16 year old son locked up in his room for days! She told me to go outside and play with my friends, if I did she would buy me something nice. So I decided to go outside on my bike and ride to my friend’s house, on the way I had a total melt down, it was a really hot day and loads of kids who I knew where outside enjoying themselves. I had to ride past them to get to my friend’s house, one of them shouted ‘Hey charlie, how come we haven’t seen you for ages?’ I didn’t know what to say so I carried on my journey to my friend’s house.
My whole body started to shake, I didn’t know what was happening to me, I started thinking to myself ‘maybe they are all being nasty behind my back’
The closer I got to my friends house the sicker I began to feel, at the end of his road I stopped my bike and started to heave. I couldn’t physically ride my bike any further, I wanted to see my friend but for some reason I couldn’t do it. In an instance I turned my bike around and rode home.
When I got home 30 minutes later my mom asked me as soon as I walked in the door ‘what has happened?’ I didn’t reply to her, instead I ran straight upstairs and locked my self in my room.
When I was younger I didn’t know who to talk too, I didn’t know who to turn too and most importantly I didn’t know what was going on with me! My life was completely ruined for almost 2 years until I was 18. I had NO social life what so ever, I lost all my friends and I was completely alone.
When I was 18 however I changed my life around! I found a passion that I loved. This was golf, I always had an interest in golf but I couldn’t face going out my house to play! I decided on my 18 birthday that enough was enough, so I brought some golf clubs and went to the driving range to practice my golf.
Ever since that day my life has changed for the better, YES I still suffer from anxiety however I don’t let it get in the way of my life and hold me back from doing things I enjoy or want to do.
Authentic Mental Health
I created Authentic Mental health because I know too well there isn’t much help out there for people who suffer from a mental health condition.
On my website there is a section where you can read about different mental health conditions such as anxiety.
I have a blog where I post regularly useful tips and information regarding mental health.
I also have a forum where you can sign up for FREE and talk with like minded people, ask them questions or give your input to help someone who is suffering.
I have created a petition to help change the NHS mental health system, I would like to see many things change including; better diagnoses for people with mental health, improved care and therapy given to mental health patients and a complete revamp of the NHS mental health system.
I would really appreciate if you could support this petition and sign it, every signature goes a long way in reaching a better future for mental health, remember we are all in this together, this doesn’t just affect your generation but future generation’s.
My book ‘The A-Z of mental illness, Book 1 Anxiety’
I have written my first E book on Anxiety, this book will provide you with key information and facts on anxiety, helpful tips and trick in how to deal with anxiety and ultimately how to BEAT anxiety!
This is the first book of many I will be writing on different mental health conditions.
If you would like to purchase the E book, please visit;