Kingston student gives back to charity after combatting bipolar, addiction and self-harm | The River

Addiction, self-harm and suicide have plagued one student for almost a decade, but the future is looking brighter for Alice Gee as she turns mental illness on its head. She is now using it to fuel her passion for eradicating the stigma through music.

Alice Gee, a media a cultural studies student is giving back to Mind, a mental health charity that has helped her, by hosting a night of live music.

“Mind your head: In aid on Mind”, was on October 26 at Notting Hill Arts Club. Alice is supporting Mind because it’s close to her, her family and friends.

Alice has battled for years with her mental health, but has turned her life around with the help of Mind.

She said: “Mind gave me a chance to move forward and combat what I felt was a life sentence.”

“Holding gigs is something I’ve been doing for a while due to being a musician and a freelance journalist for Guestlist. Doing it for Mind is not even something I had to think of.

“Music can feel like a safe haven to many people therefore it’s a no brainer combining the two. What a way to simulate and encourage people to help those who suffer with mental health.”

Alice has now come to terms with being bipolar and is now on the right combination of medication that is helping balance her life.

“My bipolar is a reason not an excuse for my behaviour,” said Alice. Her behaviour with drugs and self-harm hurt a lot of people around her, but she no longer wanted to be seen as “the addict”.

Alice also counts the positives of having bipolar disorder by saying she is more aware and able to empathise with other people when they are struggling and not be judgemental.

Alice struggled with addiction to prescription and over-the-counter drugs because she believed “the painkillers would also take away the pain in my head.”

Her lowest point was at 17 after struggling with a past break up she struggled to cope with her own mental turmoil and tried to end her life. It was horrifying for a friend when she had to clean up her attempt. Alice said: “Afterwards, I drove to my friend’s house and she patched me up. I was covered in blood, they were covered in blood.”

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Kingston student gives back to charity after combatting bipolar, addiction and self-harm

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