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….”

Time to Get Outdoors, Whatever the Weather….

I guess it is stating the obvious to say that the weather has a massive impact on our mood.  When the sun shines we generally feel better than when it is wet windy and grey. Normally I don’t mind a bit of rain and wind; after all, us Brits are used to it (sniggers fromContinue reading “Time to Get Outdoors, Whatever the Weather….”

Fit For Work, Just Making it All Up?

When you are listening to someone talk about their mental health problems, it is always important to remember that the route cause is specific to them, it is created by their own, individual, experience. I mention this because I am going to try and explain the reasons why I say I cannot work. Most ofContinue reading “Fit For Work, Just Making it All Up?”

ESA Benefit Appeal Upheld by Tribunal.

Many of you have probably seen stories in the news about people with mental health struggles battling to get benefits; some of you may be fighting the battle right now. Like most things I don’t think you can fully understand a problem until you live it, and in a way that is why challenging aContinue reading “ESA Benefit Appeal Upheld by Tribunal.”

Stress at Work: The Overloaded Inbox

Modern technology is meant to make life easier, and while in part it does, it is also the cause of a lot of stress, especially at work. E-mail is just one of those technological achievements.  While it is great to be able to contact someone quickly and is environmentally friendly, it also adds a lotContinue reading “Stress at Work: The Overloaded Inbox”