Mental Health

Saturday, 22 April 2017

It's time to talk. I've struggled with my mental health for a few years now, and I've always been so scared to talk about it to anyone. There are somethings that I'm not ready to talk about yet, but I'm feeling like my issues with mental health are starting to be something in which I can share with people and hopefully, it will help them as well as me.


A few weeks ago I took time out from social media, mainly my Youtube channel. I felt like it was all just getting a bit too much. I have these episodes where I'll be mentally okay for a few months, and then it will hit me all at once, and that's what happened a few weeks ago. I spent a full two days in bed, not motivated to do anything (even though I had film planning, editing and writing to do), I binged on junk food and slept for probably a good 16 hours on both days.

This has happened a few time in the past 4 years, and I always thought that was me just being lazy. I've always been labelled the 'lazy one' in the family, and my parents have always told me that I am, while also telling me to stop being so.


Please understand that I am not labelling myself as depressed. I know people who have depression and I wouldn't want to seem like I am somehow intruding onto the very serious mental illness, as I know that self-diagnosed mental illnesses have been at a bout of controversy at the moment and I wouldn't want to make people's actual issues with depression seem trivial or less important. I haven't been to the Doctor or GP to tell them how I feel, and that is a personal choice. In fact, I haven't really told anyone how I feel, and again, that is the choice that I am making. I feel better when I talk about my own mental health on platforms such as this, as (if you haven't guessed already) I don't really feel comfortable talking about it to those closest to me.

But let me be clear; being able to talk about mental health on any spectrum is a good step forward, and everyone should encourage it. If you are struggling with your mental health and want someone to talk to, go to a trusted friend or family member; they will be more understanding than you think, or perhaps a GP or therapist! There is no shame in telling people how you feel. With that being said, if you don't wnt to tell people how you feel, that's okay too, but if you are really struggling then please, find some courage and bravery (because I know you are both very courageous and very brave!) within yourself to accept that you might need a little help.

Stay brave x

K :)

Trollhunters - Guillermo del Toro & Daniel Kraus | Book Review

Friday, 21 April 2017

Rating - 4/5

"Jim Sturges is your typical teen in suburban San Bernardino-one with an embarrassingly overprotective dad, a best friend named "Tubby" who shares his hatred of all things torturous (like gym class), and a crush on a girl who doesn't know he exists. But everything changes for Jim when a 45-year old mystery resurfaces, threatening the lives of everyone in his seemingly sleepy town. Soon Jim has to team up with a band of unlikely (and some un-human) heroes to battle the monsters he never knew existed."



I have been a fan of Guillermo del Toro ever since I watched Pan's Labyrinth in my Spanish class in year 9. And when I heard that he had written a book, I knew I just had to read it! It was everything I expected it to be from GdT, as his filmmaker style was eloquently transferred into his writing style, with clear connections and themes from his work in film.

I really enjoyed this book, although it did take me a while to get through; but that was down to personal reasons rather than the excitement of the book itself. I loved how this book started, taking a POV from the main characters father back when he was a little boy. It must have been an exciting read for younger readers, as I'm 20 and I was very hooked from the beginning. 

I really enjoyed the characters in Trollhunters, my favourite being Claire Fontaine (such a badass!). We are introduced to a wide variety of characters, and as the main two settings for this book is a High School in San Bernardino and in troll-infested sewers, we get a good selection of teens, teachers, and trolls that our main character, Jim Sturges, interacts with. 

Tollhunters also has within its pages some beautiful illustrations drawn by Sean Murray. I love a book with pictures as I feel like it kind of lets you into the mind of how the author/s would have wanted you to imagine their world that they have created. The illustrations truly are beautiful, but some of them are a bit gruesome! They come in super handy when faced with trying to think of how the trolls in the book look; they give you a helping hand.



Trollhunters is filled with young teenage love, wit, adventure and guts (quite literally). It was crammed with rich imagery and some of the most despicable trolls I have come across in fiction. There are moments of sadness, fear, loss and despair, but there are also moments of hope, love, bravery and friendship, which is what makes this story so great. It creates a family of misfits who battle trolls in the depths of night, and no one would ever have it any other way.

Overall, I really enjoyed Trollhunters and I think will be a great read for children from 10+, but it does have some strong language flittering every here and there, especially towards the end, so be warned, young readers! I hope this is part of a series as I would love to see Jim and his troll hunter friends progress through school. The ending of this story (without being too spoiler-y), does end on a bit of a cliffhang or at least is paving the way for another book to be written. I would definitely LOVE to read more from this world and possibly go to different countries!

Let me know if you have read Trollhunters and what you thought of it in the comments below!

Love, K :)

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