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An exercise to manage worry

Feed your mind

Rachel Kelly, bestselling writer, public speaker and mental health campaigner, has written a new book, Singing in the Rain. It is a workbook of 52 exercises that you can complete, week by week as you take on more responsibility for your own mental health. Exercises include letters and drawings to personalise and create your own […]

A daughter’s loss

True stories

Abi McCabe When I was 16, my mother died. Losing a parent at a young age really teaches you a lot. It makes you grow up a lot faster, become more independent, and stronger emotionally and physically. I felt really lost for a while and felt I had nowhere to turn or no one to talk […]

Morning Ritual Meditation

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When Jason McGrice was introduced to the concepts of meditation and reiki almost 15 years ago, it took some time for them to resonate with him. But the seed had been planted and, after a crippling two and a half years of anxiety, he started to experience first-hand the amazing healing benefits of these spiritual […]

A story of self-harm

True stories

by Jean Howell I didn’t feel ready to grow up and leave school at 16 and was too embarrassed to talk about it with anyone.  In my family we didn’t share our problems. I ended up taking on my  Saturday job in retail – a job I didn’t like – full-time because I didn’t know […]

New Year, new challenge!

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Ever thought about doing a challenge to fundraise for your favourite mental health charity? Hugo Chittenden is doing just that for Young Minds by going to Everest base camp with Charity Challenge. Hugo says: ‘It’s a great way to keep the mind focused, challenge yourself and gain confidence while supporting a great cause.” Young Minds (one of our partners) […]

Be whomever you want to be

True stories

In this vlog, Linda Mbagwu talks about the challenges she has had with depression and anxiety, which spurred her into finding out more about how trauma in the past can affect our present.  “While it was the worst period of my life, it has turned out to be the best thing to happen […]

I saw a light in a new day with woodworking

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by Robert Johnson Now when I remember, the storm of emotions pulls my body into a loop and I am able to relive everything. However, I am out of the storm – at least not totally caught. I did many things to get over depression and forget the bad feeling that was following my every […]

Body and Mind

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The importance of Physical and Mental Wellness By Leanne Thompson You are probably aware that keeping physically active can have several benefits for physical health. If you start to include some form of exercise in your life each day you can reduce the risk of developing health problems such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer […]

Moving After the Loss of a Loved One

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By Lucille Rosetti If you have grieved the loss of a loved one, the idea of moving to a new environment with fresh opportunities could be on your mind. Embracing a new way of living after death, is a great way of moving forward rather than moving on. Here’s how to go about making a permanent change […]

Discovering You Are Autistic

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By Katherine May  The problem with “I’d never have guessed” You’re autistic? I’d never have guessed! I’ve got used to this response over the last few years. Like thousands of other women, I’ve recently learned that I’m autistic, having struggled through to middle age feeling profoundly different to everyone else around me. I never seemed […]

Social Media Made My Anxiety & Post Natal Depression Worse

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Wendy’s Story Social media started negatively impacting my mental health when my second baby was around 2 weeks old, I was 25. There was an incident one day when I was bathing him, he rolled his face into the water and a few heartbeats passed before I noticed. My son was fine, a little shaken […]

Letter To My Mother | Spoken Word by Mim Shaikh

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BBC Radio 1Xtra & BBC Asian Network’s DJ, Mim Shaikh’s spoken word video details his mother’s mental health and the affect it’s had on his life. ‘I wrote this sincere and honest open ‘Letter To My Mother’ where I express my most honest thoughts and feelings towards our lacking relationship whilst growing up. This is […]