I’m Ilona – pronounced i-for igloo then loner. I live in and am completely in love with Manchester, work in television (everything from Panorama to The Valleys to One Born Every Minute), love to write and am ridiculously passionate about spreading mental health awareness.
I used to be anorexic and bulimic and had periods of crippling depression with a side of self harm. It was rubbish. It was rubbish, but I would never take it back. Sometimes, things are shit and things happen that nobody can control. What matters is what we make of it. It took me years to get to where I am now; healthy, pretty happy and vaguely successful – but I got here and I’m desperate to do whatever I can now to help those affected by mental health problems and attempt to encourage those who haven’t to understand what it’s all about. That’s not easy, but let’s see what happens.
I’m a bit of a media whore where mental health is concerned. I’ve blogged for The Independent for years, written for Mind Charity, Beat and Time To Change and appeared on BBC Breakfast, The One Show and several radio programmes. Shutting me up is difficult, but I like to think I’m doing my bit to reduce stigma and, most importantly, to normalise conversations about mental health.