Lockdown needy

This lockdown has turned me into a ‘needy chick’… & not just with my husband, (the poor bastard), but with friends, family & even the…

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Navigating Christmas when you’re in recovery …

Guest post from Hope Virgo, Author and Mental Health Campaigner Christmas… a word that carries so much emotion and energy. As I write this I…

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Local Heroes & mental health

I first became aware of ‘Local Heroes’ online when my mum’s boiler broke. She had no idea who to call (other than Dad, who was…

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The perfectionist

I was twenty-four when I first suspected that my ‘perfectionist’ tendencies might be unhealthy. What else was I…? Determined to the point of being obsessed?…

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Giving up alcohol didn’t cure my …

As we coast into the second lockdown, many of us are concerned about our alcohol consumption. It’s an easy vice to indulge, after all, a…

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Why can’t I stop? The Dopamine …

You consume me – I think about you all the time – I don’t want anything else – I can’t stop – I’m obsessed –…

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10 cheap self-care activities

Self-care isn’t complicated and it doesn’t have to be expensive. Not that I’d say no to a fancy spa retreat, or a holiday in the…

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WMHD 2020 – Mental health is for EVERYONE

This post was written in celebration of WMHD 2020! Everybody has a brain, so surely EVERYONE has mental health. This message is nothing new, it’s…

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Social anxiety ISN’T general anxiety!

Social anxiety is a legitimate condition, (just in case you had any doubts).I feel the need to reiterate this because, despite the great work done…

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Has working from home improved your mental …

As the UK slowly goes back to normal after three months of lockdown, I find myself wondering what the new normal will look like. Lockdown…

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Kindness?

I was MIA during this year’s mental health awareness week. Originally I’d planned to get involved, but in the end, I stayed put. Exhausted after…

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Cry bitch cry!

January 14th is the last time that I cried. I remember the date exactly because I had a needle in my neck at the time.…

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Coronavirus Anxiety

As someone who spends a great deal of time catastrophising, (e.g. imagining the worst possible outcome). It’s always a novelty when the irrational predictions bouncing…

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How do you know if you have …

To date, this is the most frequent question that I’m asked. Simple, yet complicated to the point of anxiety. (Ironic). In the last three years,…

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Panic. Let me count the ways

I was asked by a journalist whether a panic attack is worse than a paper cut? In response to this question and to indicate the…

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Social Anxiety – The Physical Stuff

I was fourteen when it started… The blushing. The first physical symptom of social anxiety. I say first, but there were probably more. I just…

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Instagram HACKED

My Instagram account was hacked multiple times last week, so on Saturday, I was forced to delete it. It’s upsetting because it took years of…

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How art saved me from Toxic masculinity

“One can certainly masculine without having to be toxic” As a man who fell into ‘toxic crowds’ during my younger years, this is something that…

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