Tag Archives: mental health

Model Behaviour: Royal Support for Mental Health

When you go offline for a few days you can miss a lot. Usually catching up with the news is a study in societal and inidivdual failure. It makes for a bleak read so I was suprised to find that the news was dominated with articles surrounding various topics about mental health. The status of… Continue Reading

Suicide on the Rise: It’s Not Okay

Reading the newest data on suicide released by the Office of National Statistics the rise in female suicide shocked me. Although I am all too aware of current suicide statistics, it’s the biggest killer in men under 45 and a young person attempts suicide approx. every 20 minutes, I had at least hoped that the… Continue Reading

Depression Daze #3: Fade Away

Sitting in the back garden at night, tears running down my cheeks, I was the poster girl for pathetic. For the life of me I couldn’t tell you what started it. All I knew was I felt utterly alone in my feelings. Trying to explain them to others would make no sense; they made no… Continue Reading

Depression Daze #2: Express Yourself (On Paper)

Will I feel better for having written? The million dollar question. Will transcribing my thoughts relieve the pressure, stop up my tear ducts, blow away the dark cloud hovering over me? I am not hopeful. My mood is persistent and today I am not strong enough. Life has swept away the dam I carefully, painstakingly,… Continue Reading

Depression Daze: Fear of Recovery

We hear and talk about recovery a lot. Whether it’s physical, mental, emotional, spiritual etc. Recovery is a beacon of hope, the light at the end of the tunnel, or any other inspirational (and cheesy!) images you wish to apply to it. The idea of recovery can be extremely motivating for those who suffer and… Continue Reading

A Room of One’s Own: Alone but not Lonely

I hope Virginia Woolf won’t mind my theft of her words but they seemed apt for the topic at hand. Many of us fear loneliness, it is the spectre hanging over us as we go about our daily lives, as we interact with others. As people we seem to have an undying need to be… Continue Reading

Clothes Maketh the Man: Fashion & Insensitivity

This week has not been a good week for the fashion world as far as I’m concerned. For all those catwalk enthusiasts I am not talking about high fashion. In fact understanding fashion continues to elude me. No, I am talking about the clothes we wear everyday. The clothes we buy on the hight street…. Continue Reading

Housing the Homeless: Michael Sheen’s Activism

It is always wonderful to see famous people putting their hard earned fame to good use. I am particularly thrilled to write about Michael Sheen, one of my favorites, petition to the Welsh government for better provision of housing for homeless teens. Sheen’s use of his media presence to lobby government for social change renews… Continue Reading

Brothers in Arms: #FindMike

It was my pleasure and privilege to hear Jonny Benjamin tell his story of the stranger on the bridge. For those of you thinking this sounds familiar, the Stranger on the Bridge was a Channel 4 documentary following Jonny through his journey to find the man who saved his life. To roll the story back… Continue Reading

To Complete or No: The Semantics of Suicide

To many of us ‘committing suicide’ is a phrase that rolls of our tongue. We don’t think of the implications of saying this, neither are we aware of them. You may think I am being fussy but this is an all important point. Up until recently committing suicide was an accepted term, so what has… Continue Reading