Beating the Winter Blues

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It’s that time of year when some days it feels as if it barely gets light. It certainly feels like the rain has been lashing down for so long that it’s time to start building an ark. I’m no expert on Seasonal Affective Disorder, which some studies claim affects as much as 29% of us, but I do know that many of us lose that spring in our step as the nights draw in and the days turn grey.
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Why I'm Chalking About Mental Health
#LetsChalkAboutMentalHealth

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Since I have been involved in suicide prevention, I hear a lot of dreadful stories about suicide. You never get used to them. Each one heartbreakingly awful. Each one leaving total devastation for the friends and family left behind. Read More…

What Can We Do To Prevent Suicide?

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September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day, a day when organisations around the world get together to raise awareness about suicide prevention - but is suicide actually preventable? Read More…

Hanging on to that Post Holiday Glow

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I love the summer holidays: the kids being off school, the change (or total lack of) routine and pace and, for us lucky ones, the chance to take a break. Time spent away from the everyday stuff can give us much needed perspective on life and it’s often at these times when we realise that we need to make a few tweaks to our lives. Read More…

The Importance of Taking a Break

As part of Mental Health Awareness Week, one of the mental health charities was challenging us to commit to taking a minimum of 20 minutes away from our desks and emails over lunchtime. “Grab lunch with colleagues, go for a walk outside, sign up for a lunchtime yoga or gym class. The world is your oyster! The only rule is to step away from your desk for at least 20 minutes and leave your work and emails behind” encourages their website. 20 minutes in a working day for lunch? How did that come to be seen as a luxury? Read More…