August 2013 Dear Matthew, Welcome back. You did it! I know how hard this last few months have been. I know that you didn’t think you’d make it, but you did. I know that I don’t need to tell you this – after all, you’ve been here before after recovering from your first mental breakdown … More Dear Matthew – Buckle Up Son!
A few things I never expected to be in my life: * mentally ill * a champion for mental health * a divorcee * a single parent * a published author It’s funny how life works out. All of the above have come to pass in my life. If you had shown that list to … More Great Expectations
‘I think you’re really brave.’ I’ve heard this a lot since I started writing about divorce and mental health. I always appreciate the sentiment but, truth be told, it’s never felt like a brave thing to do for me. Let me explain. Around 25 years ago I started my first full-time job (and hell, saying … More Who’s a Brave Boy?
This post was originally written for Positively Positive. Change. Apparently we don’t do the change thing very well. In fact, somewhere along the way it seems that we became so rubbish at it that ‘Change Managers’ and ‘Change Agents’ seem to have sprung up all over the place. (Can you imagine the graveyards of the … More Something Changed – Embracing Life’s Unexpected Detours
One of the hardest things for us to understand is the feeling of being suicidal. We all know that life has its ups and downs and that we will go through struggles in our lives, but most people will never seriously contemplate taking their own life, and it is very difficult to understand people that … More Vlog – Understanding Suicide
Seeing a loved one struggling with a mental health problem is very difficult. People ask me how they can help a friend, partner or family member that is experiencing difficulties. I hope that this vlog offers some thoughts that might help. If there is anything that you would like to see addressed in my vlogs … More Vlog – How Do You Support Somebody With a Mental Health Problem?
I don’t really have regrets, but I wish I’d seen more of the world. I can’t complain, life has been good to me, but there are so many places I wish to go, so many things that I wish to see. So when my cousin invited me to his wedding in Mexico, how could I … More Para Siempra Comienza Hoy (Forever Begins Today)
Every day we see the highlight reels of countless people’s lives on social media. It’s good for us to share these happy times with our friends and family, but it can be too easy to question the reality of our own lives when comparing them to the highlights of others’. Living in the social media … More Vlog – Life, it’s Not All Sunshine, Palm Trees & Hammocks!
Dating. Bloody hell, dating. If you’ve been there, you know what I’m talking about. If you haven’t, watch and learn – and remember that the grass ain’t necessarily greener…!
In this vlog I talk about how counselling helped me, both to get through serious struggles with my mental health, and to get through a challenging life situation. The key? Learning to better understand and accept myself. Seeing a counsellor isn’t just for people with ‘something wrong with them’, it’s something we could all benefit … More Vlog – Counselling: Know Thyself!