Tag: Be that helping hand

Breaking the stigma – do most of us have mental health issues?

I’ve been agonising for months over whether to write this post, largely as it may be misinterpreted, and people may have widely different views regarding the answer to the question in the blog title. However, a TV documentary we watched as a family this week made my mind up for me. More of that later. …

Do you have opportunities to talk about your mental health?

I’m fortunate to work for a company which places a great deal of importance on the mental health of employees. The Wellbeing team in our HR department are fantastic. They regularly arrange lunchtime catch-ups for staff to understand what support is available and to provide an opportunity for us to talk in a safe space. …

My first panic attack in a long time – exactly what happened

I’ve been thinking long and hard for a few weeks now about whether to write this post, primarily as it’s been a while since anything like this happened but also because I don’t want to seem a bit stupid / melodramatic and I don’t want to worry my Mum, who I know doesn’t like these …

If you spend time with me, you may begin believing in yourself…

I try not to live a life filled with regrets. For me, it is much better to look forward and consider how life can be improved rather than wallowing in past mistakes. If I did this, I may rue missed opportunities and think too much about how a lack of confidence has, at times, seen …

All it takes is a minute or two

A bit of a departure this week, in that the blog post focuses on an image rather than a ‘wordy’ post. I was trying to find a way to encourage everyone to check up on family and friends; to ensure our loved ones are keeping well; to look out for each other. I started writing …

Do you listen to talk or listen to listen?

Something I’ve noticed more and more over recent years is that most people listen to talk rather than listen to listen. Confused? Let me try to explain. In any conversation, it’s vitally important to give the other person our undivided attention. To be genuinely interested in what they are saying and take in every word. …

World Mental Health Day 2019 – be that helping hand…

A short but vitally important post today. It is the 2019 World Mental Health Day on Thursday (10th October) and the focus this year is suicide prevention. The statistics regarding this make for horrifying and desperately saddening reading: Someone takes their own life every 40 seconds. Suicide accounts for twice as many deaths as murder …