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Suicide Prevention: What Can I Do?

Suicide Prevention Day is here once again. And we need it more than ever. The Office of National Statistics released new suicide figures last week. The report showed that the number of suicides in the UK are at their highest since 2002. Young people’s (aged 10 – 24) suicide numbers are at their highest for […]

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Listening in Real Time

Listening is a skill most of us, if not all of us, think we posses. Most people with customer-facing roles or caring roles are trained to listen. We grow up being told to listen to instructions or to pay attention. But how well do we honestly do this? One time running a non-judgemental listening activity […]

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What If I Make it Worse? Supporting Someone in Distress

Perhaps the thing I hear most often when educating people around mental health and mental illness is fears around making it worse. The vast majority of the wonderful people I meet genuinely want to help. They want to lend an ear or be a shoulder to cry on. But. As a society we seem to […]

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Poem

“Hear the tragedy in my words See tears flow from my pen A poetic discourse sprawling free As I’m feeling fragile once again Dark ink crawls across the page Revealing emotions I refuse to feel Black splashes of truth from the ether Preventing denial of the real Chinks in the armor released by rhyme Opening […]

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Self-Care: Everyone’s Responsibility

If mental health is everyone’s problem – which it is – then self-care is everyone’s responsibility. The oxygen mask on the plane metaphor may feel tired. But. They’re right. We need to put our own on before we help others.  As a society, as a parent, as a friend, as a sibling, as a child […]

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On the Nature of Loneliness

I think we’ve all been lonely at times. It’s part of the human experience. Potentially it’s something that we might have to accept. In an ONS report in 2018, it was found that 9.8% of young people aged 16-24 and 11.3% of young people aged 10 to 15 years said that they were often lonely. […]

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