“We have a lot of mental health problems in our country, as do other countries, but this isn’t a guns situation…” Oh Donald, Donald, Donald, where do I start with this one? As 26 people lay dead in Texas with a further 20 wounded, victims of another mass shooting massacre, the US must, again, ask … More Guns Don’t Kill People, Mental Health Problems Do!
I’ve written a lot about mental health. You might have noticed. What I haven’t written about is attitudes to mental health in the workplace. This is a hugely important issue if we are to ever reach a point where we can truly say that mental health is considered as important an issue as physical health. … More Mental Health at Work – Who’s Got Your Back?
Life can change forever in a moment… In the aftermath of marriage breakdown how do we pick ourselves up and start again? In August 2014 Matthew Williams was forced to do just that. In Something Changed he navigates us through his journey with wit and wisdom, taking in divorce, dating and self-discovery while facing the … More ‘Something Changed’ – Book Now Available on Amazon Kindle
Life can change forever in a moment… In the aftermath of marriage breakdown how do we pick ourselves up and start again? In August 2014 Matthew Williams was forced to do just that. In Something Changed he navigates us through his journey with wit and wisdom, taking in divorce, dating and self-discovery while facing the … More Book Trailer: ‘Something Changed – Stumbling through Divorce, Dating & Depression’
‘You could write a book.’ It was the Leeds Festival in August 2006 and I was, not to put too fine a point on it, fucked. I was two weeks into my first absence from work due to depression, an absence that would eventually last 5 mind-numbing, often agonising, seemingly interminable months. The Leeds Festival … More ‘You Could Write a Book’ – And So He Did
Apparently us men don’t ‘do’ emotion. Well, that’s a load of bollocks isn’t it? Either that or I am totally out of touch at this point and am out of the ‘man club’ (OK, I’m prepared to accept that this could be a possibility). Men show emotion all the time. Go to any football match … More Big Boys Don’t Cry – Why the Hell Not?!?
I’ve been seeing a counsellor, Nichola, for a couple of months now and it’s been hard, very hard. This is necessarily so, if the process is to be worthwhile then you need to give yourself fully to it. Just as rehabilitation from a physical injury is often a gruelling process, so too is dealing with … More A Pause, Progress and a Pat on the Back
Something needs to change and I need help to get me there. Welcome, my friends, to counselling! I’ve written previously about how it’s OK to admit that you’re not OK (https://lovelaughtertruthblog.com/2016/10/13/im-not-ok-thats-ok/) However, it’s one thing admitting to the struggles of the past from a position of strength, as the conqueror standing tall over your vanquished opponent; … More Letting the Light In – A Journey Through Counselling
“Youth hostelling with Chris Eubank” Now, it’s fair to say I’ve had some strange, surreal, brilliant experiences as a result of my blog but today tops the lot. It does not involve budget accommodation and Mr Christopher Livingstone Eubank Esq but it’s not far off: Mental Health with Louie Spence. For ITV’s Lorraine.Yep, I didn’t … More Mental Health with Louie Spence
Referring to somebody as ‘out of their mind’ is generally not intended nor received as a compliment. In fact, I expect that the title of this post would lead readers to anticipate another heavy read about the darkness of mental illness. Not today folks. Quite the opposite; today I’m talking about the benefits of taking yourself … More Letting the Light In – Out of My Mind!