The Candid Cupcake

Candid Conversation about Mental Health and the Daily Challenges of Life

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My Mental Health In Lockdown

When is it ok not to be ok in a pandemic? When is it ok for you to say ‘I’m not ok?’ The answer is… ‘When you aren’t ok anymore’ and that is simply it. I wrote this for anyone… Continue Reading →

Leon’s Story – Part Two: Primrose Tower (The Real Stories Project)

Click here for Part One of Leon’s Story – Primrose Tower  Trigger Warning: Contains coarse language, sex, drug use with paraphernalia and homelessness. I grab a box of vodka, and I’m off home to get smashed with my new partner… Continue Reading →

Leon’s Story – Part One: Primrose Tower (The Real Stories Project)

This is the 2nd of a Trilogy of Leon’s Journey through the madness of his addiction. From Erdington to Primrose Tower… To his Last Stop. Click on the titles to read them or the links will feature at the end… Continue Reading →

‘Embrace Your Shadow’ By Henrietta

I’ve survived desperation a darkness from within. The depth of which was solitude a life emersed with sin. Uncomfortable with silence, Uncomfortable with noise, The pain was uncontrollable, It was taking me, I couldn’t back out, I didn’t have a… Continue Reading →

Leon’s Story – The Last Stop (The Real Stories Project)

This is the beginning of a Trilogy of Leon’s Journey through the madness of his addiction. From Primrose Tower, to Erdington… To this, The Last Stop. Click on the titles to read them or the links will feature at the… Continue Reading →

Adam’s Story – Part 2: Searching For Home (The Real Stories Project)

For Part 1 of Adam’s Story ‘Searching For Home’ click here. How did I even come to carry a knife? Let me rewind a bit. When I was finally released from youth offenders I was released on tag and went… Continue Reading →

Adam’s Story – Part 1: Searching For Home (The Real Stories Project)

All names have been changed to protect the identity of the storyteller and the people involved. These words are written by me but spoken by Adam in a series of conversations over a period of time. Adam’s story is not… Continue Reading →

Jodie’s Story – My Saving Grace (The Real Stories Project)

My name is Jodie… and I am an addict. I have been saying that sentence for over ten years but have never written it. I have been clean for 10 years and counting. My story starts similar to any other… Continue Reading →

Charlie’s Story – Surviving Domestic Abuse & Addiction (The Real Stories Project)

Trigger Warning: Subjects of domestic violence, emotional abuse, sexual assault, drug & alcohol addiction. Names have been changed. This chapter tells the story of my beautiful little human being brought into the world. At 18 I was deeply involved in… Continue Reading →

Southend Brown – By Marie Edmonds

  A long long time ago I can still remember how things used to make me smile. But that was then, and this and now, alone again after a blazing row, I wonder if I’ll ever smile again. February you… Continue Reading →

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