Mental Health Doesn’t Pick Sides.

Once again the UK is divided (where’s the head-in-hands emoji?), this time it’s about the viability of covid-19 lockdowns, and the battlefield, once again, is the media and social media. I’m all for people expressing views, but I still can’t get my head around the way people behave and talk to others, especially on platformsContinue reading “Mental Health Doesn’t Pick Sides.”

Success! Becoming a Mental Health First Aider….

A couple of weeks ago I completed a mental health first aid course with MHFA, and while it was a bit of a struggle for me emotionally, I did it, which is a big step considering how my counselling course ended. The fact that the Covid-19 pandemic has pushed everything on-line has helped me toContinue reading “Success! Becoming a Mental Health First Aider….”

Mental Health Awareness Week: Kindness & Self-Compassion.

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week, and the theme is kindness.  While a lot of the focus will probably be aimed at being kind to other people, I would like to focus on Self-kindness and the positive effects it can have on our physical and mental wellbeing. In my last blog, Why Now MayContinue reading “Mental Health Awareness Week: Kindness & Self-Compassion.”

Jekyll & Hyde -The Dangers of Suppressing the True You.

Every so often you come across a story that really resonates; recently this has been ‘Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’ by Robert Louis Stevenson. I have had the book for ages, and only decided to read it because it is on a school reading list for a friend’s son.  Like most people, I know theContinue reading “Jekyll & Hyde -The Dangers of Suppressing the True You.”

Suicide and Depression.

This is probably the most difficult blog to write, because it deals with the darkest side of mental health, which is suicide. I wrote it a while ago, but was not sure when to post it. Last night Kim and I watched ‘Zoe’s Hardest Road Home’, the BBC/Sports Relief documentary which charted Zoe Ball’s journeyContinue reading “Suicide and Depression.”