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Each month we are encouraging our bloggers to write about a themed topic. December's theme is mental health during the holidays.

Share your thoughts/experiences with the SANE Community here.

We advise before submitting your blog to save your entry on a Word document - in case any technical issues arise. If you are experiencing issues, please email your entry to fundraising@sane.org.uk.

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As has happened before, having posted my piece "The Moment Of Truth" in MY STORY, I am struck by the comedy of it all. Was that me? Did that really happen? The answer is yes. I hav...
Posted by
John Garth Raubenheimer
28th Nov 2012
Yesterday I woke from a dream in which I was walking along a path. Suddenly the way started surging with water, pouring around me and towards the horizon. The water was up to my wa...
Posted by
John Garth Raubenheimer
26th Nov 2012
Christmas and New Year are often very difficult for people with mental health problems. Whether the time of year has troubling personal meaning or because you are supposed to be so...
Posted by
amyc
25th Nov 2012
I'm classed as a "mental health service user" because I am an identified sufferer of severe depression, anxiety disorder, OCD and I hear voices (not specifically labelled at this p...
Posted by
calley
21st Nov 2012
Something that truly bothers me is everybody's perception of self harm. I think, in realism, the only way you will ever truly understand what it means and what it takes to self har...
Posted by
alicebeesley
21st Nov 2012
I suppose it's all the same cliche sort of stuff, depression, isn't it? I am nearly eighteen years old and I think I have already lost the will to live. Tenfold. I certainly think ...
Posted by
alicebeesley
20th Nov 2012
Apparent competence refers to outwardly being able to cope and seeming in control, while inwardly being completely lost, or mentally unwell. It does not necessarily have the abilit...
Posted by
amyc
14th Nov 2012
Have you ever been talking to someone, and listening to what they are saying and felt a huge rush of compassion for them, one that feels like you are just going to burst, and it is...
Posted by
amyc
11th Nov 2012
A minute of failure can lead to a lot of pain. Just that split second where you make a bad decision can cause a massive fall out. I self harmed last week. It was a snap impulsive d...
Posted by
amyc
05th Nov 2012
As the days pass by, that you may, like myself be crossing off on a calendar or in a diary, a sense of both pride and unease grow. Has it really been nearly a month since I last se...
Posted by
amyc
29th Oct 2012
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