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Anxiety, Social Anxiety, Panic… and the rest!

Panic Attacks

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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The Bully & Winter Blues

Unfortunate weekend, I had so many things that I wanted to do; blog posts, film, meet people, clean the flat. But with the exception of watching Poldark, I actually did f**k all. Instead, I spent two days in a state of fatigue, sadness, and guilt. I just wanted to stay in bed and hide, whilst at the same time, I hated myself for being so lazy. Like a weird co-dependency. […]

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Mental Health Mates – Bryony Gordon

As I approached the group, I was sweating buckets. Nerves and a speedy fifteen minute walk in the heat was bound to cause trouble. My iPhone had taken me the wrong way and I was late, I HATE being late. According to Apple’s greatest invention The Clapham Common Bandstand is a house opposite the Windmill Hotel (it isn’t). Three days earlier I spied a tweet from Bryony Gordon, author of the […]

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Escapism #mhsm

Lately I’ve been thinking about Escapism. By definition – “the tendency to seek distraction and relief from unpleasant realities, by seeking entertainment or engaging in fantasy.” I’ve always had what a teacher once called, “an over active imagination.” I could make a story out of anything and give a complete history to even the most mundane object. This I why I really struggled to get rid of any of my teddy bears when I left […]

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The tiger was waiting at the airport..

Greetings all.. I’m back in the UK and inevitably consumed by the blues. I’ve been in a cosy bubble for the last ten days. I WANT MY BUBBLE BACK! Over the course of my honeymoon I ate my weight in cheese (no joke I had a block a day) and drank enough wine to fill a bath tub…. And it was glorious. I even went snorkelling.. ME.. snorkelling in the […]

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Last one as a single lady!

This will probably be my last post until June. The wedding stuff is in full gear and I need to get my book finished this week. That sounds so cool right? 😉 Me sat outside a café writing my book with a coffee and a cigarette (I don’t smoke, but whatever). In reality, I’ve been sat at my desk with my ridiculously small laptop trying not to smash my head […]

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Mental health and the workplace

Recently I ran a poll on Twitter “Would you feel confident being honest with your employer about a mental health issue?” (If you don’t follow me on Twitter, how dare you)! 72% Answered ‘NO’. The results didn’t surprise me, but I did feel sad. Mental illness is hard enough without the added pressure of worrying about your livelihood. I didn’t tell anyone about my anxiety, let alone my employer for […]

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