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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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Depression Daze #4: Advice That Helps

There seems to be endless websites and blogs full of well-meaning people writing about what doesn’t help. I’ve read dozens of articles titled ‘what not to say’ or ‘unhelpful things to do’. There are also lots of articles with amazing advice about what really helped them. I thought I’d share my own thoughts of what […]

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Achieving Our Best Life

Following on from my previous post entitled ‘living our best life’ you’ll be pleased to hear I’ve had further revelations. I called living our best life a journey of a lifetime which made we wonder the following. When have I achieved my best life? And how will I know? Will I continue to work endlessly […]

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