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Anxiety, Social Anxiety, Panic… and the rest!

Mental Health & Dark Nights

In the words of Ned Stark… “Winter is coming.” Not that the drop in temperature bothers me too much, because being a vampire and all, I LOVE the cold. No joke, I wear factor 50 every day and spent most of summer covered in ice.    However, winter also brings the danger of dark nights and if you suffer from a mental health condition, then this can cause real problems. […]

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World Mental Health Day! #WMHD16

IT’S HERE! No not Christmas. Save the bells, tinsel and TV related punch ups for another few months…. It’s World Mental Health Day! 🙂 How incredible is that sentence? A whole 24 hours dedicated to mental health! It’s a step in the right direction for awareness. Someday I hope that we won’t need it, because the world will accept that having a brain = mental health. But for now, I’m just […]

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Time to Change #Storycamp

Recently I took part in a presentation at Time to Change’s annual Story Camp. Every year they organise a day of workshops, with the overall aim being to encourage people with mental health conditions to share their stories, whether via blogging, vlogging or in the media. Why? Simple. STIGMA. That ugly word we all like to pretend isn’t real, surely it isn’t as bad as the press make it sound? […]

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Words Fail Me – Fashion & #mentalhealth

This is not a sponsored post  Never did I think I’d see the day when fashion embraced mental health in a genuine and meaningful way… Not before a flying pig or money tree at least! I’ve recently discovered Maison de Choup. Don’t be put off by the fancy French name, they’re really nice, cool people. Not to mention talented. Vanity Fair labelled them ‘The Fashion brand with a mental health cause […]

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#MindAwards – NOMINATED!

Well it’s been four days since I received the email informing me that my blog has been nominated for a Mind Award. Shock doesn’t even begin to cover it. I burst into tears (of joy) and then tried to ring my mum. I say tried because my hands were shaking so hard I could barely hold my phone! http://www.mind.org.uk/news-campaigns/mind-media-awards/2016-shortlist/ I began writing We’re All Mad here in 2013 after a […]

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World Suicide Prevention Day #WSPD

“I try to laugh about it cover it all up with lies, I try to laugh about it hiding the tears in my eyes, because boys don’t cry. Boys don’t cry.” The Cure  The Calm Zone have launched a powerfully astute campaign to raise awareness about the biggest killer of men under the age of 45. Suicide.  I would encourage everyone to watch & share this Video. “The thing most […]

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Teenage Kicks

I recently met three amazing sixteen year old girls (at a wedding, not on a night out). In between complaining about the frankly horrendous DJ – The Friends theme tune at a disco… really? We chatted about various things, including the best way to get the perfect cat flick eyeliner look (This was a sixteen year old telling ME) and eventually the subject of exam results came up, which brought back […]

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Yoga Makes Me Anxious!

Yoga and I don’t get on. I guess we’ve just never really ‘clicked’ – we’re like extended non blood related family members, the interaction is polite but somehow always feels strained and awkward. My experiences have been frustrating and left me feeling embarrassed and vulnerable. I’ve tried no less than three different classes, all of which were supposed to be ‘for beginners,’ and yet everyone seemed to know the moves. […]

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