Storytellers | Chapter 5: R

Stories can come from anywhere and anyone. Mental health can be affected by anything and anyone. In Chapter 5, we hear from Rebecca Jayne, a fantastic blogger, who tells her story about experiencing social anxiety and depression. These kind of stories help us to normalise our own experience and make sense of that desperate emptiness of […]

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Real

Not understanding isn’t a crime, but it’s not an excuse. It takes no time to ask a friend, a colleague or a stranger how they’re doing. Tuesday 10th October is World Mental Health Day. It’s not contagious. You can’t catch it. Be kind.

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Dear Husband

When we met nearly 8 years ago, there were lots of things you didn’t know. When we got married in August, you did. You knew it all.

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Reminding yourself: Lokai bracelets

I got a nice surprise in the post when I got home this evening. That’s the benefit of ordering from abroad; you often forget what you’ve ordered by the time it arrives.

A little while back, I heard about Lokai bracelets from a friend, and thought the sentiment behind them was incredible… So naturally in my impulsive nature, I bought some.

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Poet’s Corner – The Black Dog

Last night, I was reading Matt Haig’s Reasons to Stay Alive (review & giveaway coming soon), and he describes depression in the way Churchill did – as a black dog. Just as a I began to drift to sleep, my brain latched on to that metaphor, and my latest poem was born. Luckily, I wrote this one down… I will never stop being surprised by the power of words.

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Me, Myself and Mental Health

Mental illness does not care who you are. It does not care whether you are a naturally bubbly person, or a pessimist. It doesn’t care if you are a loner, or surround yourself by friends at every given moment. It doesn’t care if you are in love. It doesn’t care if you are a high flyer. Mental illness is a predator, searching for your weak spots and exploiting them.

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