I suffer from a severe depression and bipolar disorder, which was finally diagnosed after the passing of my dad 6 years ago who I cared for since I was young. I have never really grieved for him as I couldn't take the time off work and have the worry about paying bills on SSP. So instead I opted for medication to get me through and have the good old British attitude of stiff upper lip. No-one apart from my partner knows about my mental illness as it's a hard subject to talk about without the fear of being judged or even humiliated. The recent advice from my GP was I need to have time off and to finally do what I should've done 6 years and decrease my strength in medication. I would love to go on holiday which I haven't done in a very long time and with my partner to say thank you for your support and non judgment especially when I was at my lowest. Hopefully get some peace of mind. Thank you.