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Each month we are encouraging our bloggers to write about a themed topic. The topic for September is 'simple things to lift your spirits'.

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What does mental illness look like to you? Someone who sits in bed all day, unable to face the world? A person who goes around crying all the time and is never happy? Or perhaps ev...
Posted by
dirkgently1066
03rd Jul 2015
Before being made redundant, I was utterly miserable. Therapy helped me to understand some of the underlying thoughts and behaviours that had fed my depression but on a more practi...
Posted by
dirkgently1066
16th Jun 2015
Anxiety is... ...trying to block out my 3 year old talking to me because I can't hear myself ruminate ...like a continually inflating balloon, wary of invisible pins, oblivious tha...
Posted by
dirkgently1066
11th May 2015
The end of 2014 gives me pause to think back on the key events of the last 12 months and how each has impacted on my mental health. * The single biggest incident was undoubtedly th...
Posted by
dirkgently1066
31st Dec 2014
It is quieter now, the storm has passed by There's no need to pretend or to silently cry Yet in the distance the Dog barks still There is no quick solution, no magic pill Somewhere...
Posted by
dirkgently1066
22nd Dec 2014
It is quieter now, the storm has passed by There's no need to pretend or to silently cry Yet in the distance the Dog barks still There is no quick solution, no magic pill Somewhere...
Posted by
dirkgently1066
22nd Dec 2014
Dashing through my mind In a negative, repetitive way My confidence is long gone It has been chased away Thinking I'm no good That I can't get anything right It's time to start tak...
Posted by
dirkgently1066
12th Dec 2014
Christmas time is here again, So ends a year of hope, a year of pain. I returned to work, moved on at last, Learned to forgive and forget my past. I achieved a dream, which still f...
Posted by
dirkgently1066
11th Dec 2014
I was somewhat surprised to realise that my healthy eating regime had been going for three months and it seemed a good time to take stock of what I have learned in that time. Start...
Posted by
dirkgently1066
24th Nov 2014
Christmas. What does it conjure up for you? Presents? Family? Turkey? How about just being happy? For me, it conjures up very different thoughts and feelings. Stress. Judgement. Fa...
Posted by
dirkgently1066
18th Nov 2014
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