Newcomers Welcome

Newcomers Welcome

Last week I had a conversation with a woman on Facebook who misunderstood the intention of my previous┬áblog post. She took umbrage with the way I had described my own experience of mental illness and to be fair, I hadn’t prefaced the post with my diagnosis of...
How to Be There

How to Be There

The other day a dear friend of mine asked that I write something on how to be there for someone who is living with a mental illness. I’ve been having a hard time with my mental health recently and he said that he wanted to help but wasn’t sure of the best...
The Birthday

The Birthday

Today would have been my Dad’s 76th birthday. I’ve recently written about how painful I find my grief, even after 4 and a half years. I keep waiting for it to get easier and it just doesn’t. But today, I want to remember who he was and not only morn...
How it feels

How it feels

Anyone with a mental illness will probably be familiar with the well-meaning but misguided comments from friends, family and colleagues. People with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder have to listen to those without the condition saying that they’re ‘a bit...
Scent and the Mind

Scent and the Mind

In my last blog post I wrote about how the grief for my Dad has become very painful again. I’ve had a lot of support from not only my friends but also people I don’t know who’ve got in touch via social media. I really appreciate it, thank you. It...
Confidence Tricks

Confidence Tricks

This week I’ve learnt a few lessons about self-confidence. To an outside eye, I probably appear pretty self-assured; I’m very comfortable on stage and on camera and I’m happy to speak in public. But at my core, I’m actually somewhat shy. I...

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