Episode 14: how social media influenced my self-harm and recovery with josephine knechtli

**TRIGGER WARNING** This episode covers sensitive subject matter and is not suitable for all listeners. If this topic could be a trigger for you, listen to this episode with a friend, a sibling, a loved one or a parent so you can talk about any emotions that come up for you. The contents of this episode are not intended to replace therapy and should not be taken as such. If you need immediate help, please call the crisis hotline listed below in our resources.

In this week’s episode, I sit down with Josephine Knechtli, who is recovering from self-harm and Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD). 

Josephine is an aspiring womb based healer. By facing her shadows and learning how to release years of built up self loathing and shame – healing is happening. 

Josephine shares her experience with mental illness and how she was misdiagnosed with bipolar disorder. After struggling with self-harm and an eating disorder, Josephine was finally diagnosed with Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder, which put her on the road to her recovery. Josephine also shares how social media was a catalyst into the self-harm world. 

She shares her courageous story that’s filled with transformation and learning along the way. Now, she uses her social media platforms to advocate and educate other people who may be in the same situation as she was in.

Listen in as we talk about:

  • How mental health has progressed in the UK
  • Josephine’s introduction to self-harm
  • How social media impacts self-harm and mental illness
  • The breaking point that catapulted her healing
  • The impact of her menstrual cycle on her mental health
  • What self-love means to Josephine now

Now, Josephine works as an embroidery designer and is studying to become a hypnotherapist with a focus on menstrual mental health.

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