Bipolar me – Chasing the rainbow

I have chased the rainbow and at the end of it I have done the seemingly impossible for someone who has bipolar and depression – I’ve found and secured a permanent and stable job with a decent wage.

It’s working in a call centre helping people. However due to the nature of the job I am reticent to say exactly what it is.

To be honest it has left me mentally tired but that’s because I’ve only just started the job. The first three weeks was intensive and comprehensive training on the in’s and out’s of the job and the forth week going live in the training area with the coaching staff. Now I’m dealing with real live and breathing people.

It’s fairly unpredictable as you never know what the next call will bring. The people I help are often in dire straits with the situation they find themselves in. My job is simple- People ring in with a problem and I help them by solving it. Some of the problems that people have must be dealt with carefully with empathy and compassion.

There is a satisfaction to be had at that.

Being in permanent and stable work is taking a bit of adjustment for me and my family. The wages are decent. I won’t be a rich man but at least it’s paying the rent and keeping food on the table. Besides the wage it has given me something just as important; pride, self-respect and hope for the future.

However I am mindful of my mental health and I am in a good place at the moment- I am in that bland, boring and beige place. That is where I like to be; stable.

For anyone who’s thinking: I’ll never get a job. Guess what, there are employers out there and they are willing to give you a chance. It is just finding them. It seems that attitudes towards those with or have had mental illness are changing and for the better.

Mental health is no longer the bar it was.

Well I’m going to finish now. Any questions feel free to ask.

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About martinupfold

Hi I am Martin Upfold and I am a father, husband, army veteran, student of photography and citizen journalist. Dealing with bipolar and depression, tackling it head on. I am sustained by my lovely wife Sarah and we have two beautiful sons Brendan, our youngest and Kieran, our eldest who has Aspergers Syndrome which is on the Autistic Spectrum. What I do to cope with my situation is to do photography and occasionally blog about it. How I got in to photography is that it was a way of dealing with my depression and bipolar by challenging it head on. It is very easy to let my mental health issues take control and rule and ruin my life. Photography gives me a reason to get out of the house and deal with the world in a creative and constructive way.
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