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Anxiety, Social Anxiety, Panic… and the rest!

Anxiety

NHS 111 – put the suicides on hold…?

The story this morning  ‘NHS 111 put suicide callers on hold until they hung up’ – sadly didn’t shock me. I’m almost immune to bad press by now. January 2nd 2013 – the date of my nervous breakdown. Crying hysterically & running back & forth through the flat, I thought I was going crazy. Dan was terrified, he kept trying to calm me but nothing worked. After 20 minutes it became […]

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The Terror Trigger

The news of what went down in Westminster yesterday affected everyone. Phones rang & buzzed all over London, family & friends desperate to know that their loved ones were safe. I’ll never understand the desire to take a life. To cause pain. My heart goes out to all the victims of this horrific attack. There’s a legion of people behind you, sending their love & support. From a mental health […]

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We’re All Mad Here – The Next Step

So as this charming high quality video states…. I’m taking my blog to the next level and I need your help. https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/claire-eastham What you need to know: After decades, mental health research and development is still at stage one. In short, there’s no money (I could phrase that more eloquently… but you know), and so things are not likely to change soon. Knowledge is power. Everyone deserves to be armed […]

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Streetwise 2000 – MH Youth Club

I recently gave a talk at a youth centre, one close to my home town. A really cool and friendly place for adolescents to hang out, meet like minded people and talk about mental health. A massive shout out to Streetwise 2000! Knocking on the front door I felt nervous, as I always do before public speaking. However, within seconds all of the anxiety melted away. I was greeted with kindness, respect […]

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Define ‘Really Disabled’ George

Dear George, (or Mr Freeman if you prefer), Senior Advisor to The Prime Minister herself, and Head of the Number Ten policy unit. My oh my, where to even begin? Well I suppose we could start by addressing the giant elephant in room, the one with a mental illness and currently showing you the bird. Did you really mean what you said on BBC Five Live? You know.. the part about […]

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What Does An Anxious Person Look Like?

One of the most common remarks I hear when talking about mental health is, “you don’t look like you have social anxiety.” Or, “but you’re always so happy.” It’s not something I take offence to, because it’s meant with curiosity and I suppose in some ways, a compliment. “Oh wow, you don’t seem crazy at all!”I think they expect me to be rocking in a corner somewhere, clutching a bottle […]

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