Our guest, Gemma Luton shares her thoughts and considerations with regard to embarking upon a relationship if you, or your potential partner, lives with a mental health issue or illness. Continue reading “Relationships and Mental Health Issues – Be Yourself, Be Prepared” »
Resident guest author, Tim, gives his unique perspective on our differences, commonality and the importance of community. Continue reading “What do I need from a community?” »
We ask ‘What is Bipolar Disoder?’ Our guest author, Henrietta Ross, a writer and Blogger from the UK explains. Henrietta is a Buddhist, self-confessed Bibliophile, adoring disciple of Oscar Wilde and a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP), who found her writers pen at a very young age and never looked back. Henrietta is passionate about mental health, having lived with Bipolar Disorder for decades, viewing it as more of a gift than an illness. She contributes regularly to the International Bipolar Foundation and has written for Black Dog Tribe. She has her own personal Blog called Conversations with Hattie where she likes to share stories and explore many different topics including mental health, being an HSP and her experiences of being an adopted child. Henrietta is currently working on two novels. Continue reading “What is Bipolar Disorder?” »
One of the most challenging times for our communication skills is when someone we know suffers bereavement. Death and grief are often taboo subjects in our society, so we are often unsure what to say or how to act around people who are grieving.
Whether to say anything at all, and if so, ‘What, how and when?’, are common thoughts. Continue reading “Choosing Words for the Bereaved” »
You look after others but who looks after you? I have written earlier in the series about carers and the need for them to be their best, so they can give their best. This blog is for providers of other professional services, and for whom neglecting to keep their emotional stability in check may ultimately affect their own wellbeing!
Let’s target some service providers, in no particular order, as they say: Continue reading “Professional Providers” »
Congratulations! How proud are you? Your wonderful offspring are about to start college or uni; or recommence term and you could not be more pleased. All those years of cajoling them to do their homework and gain great grades have finally paid off!
So, that’s ‘you’ as parents sorted then! How are the kids – the students feeling? Continue reading “Calling All Parents… of Students!” »
Are you ready for the fight? Who are your supporters? Who’s in your corner when you have a fight on your hands?
With the boxing metaphor, your ‘seconds’ are those in your corner who have your interests, success, and welfare in mind. They are there to help you prepare for a future fight, they are there during a fight and are there after the fight. Continue reading “Ding Ding! Seconds out!” »
Many engage and embrace the challenges of life, work, and play each and every day. We may bemoan our lot at times (that’s only natural) but we get on with it and do what needs to be done.
This works well and it is only when we are challenged beyond ‘normal’ limits that we are pushed further. Our minds and bodies are resilient however and we may sustain the level of effort required for significant periods, years even. This is however, not to be confused with coping as we understand it.
Do you ask for help? It’s all very well asking for help, but then I’m admitting:
- others cope
- others are smarter
- I’ve failed
- I’m less than
If I need counselling, I must be in real trouble; I must have failed in some way.
If you recognise and find courage to consider counselling, whether for emotional ‘niggles’ or for something you feel is more serious, this is a success in your life. A failure might be considered if you continued to neglect seeking to resolve a problem that leaves you feeling ‘less than’. Continue reading “Counselling: Dispelling the Myths” »