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Blogs by Caroline


We are delighted to share a selection of blogs written by our supporters that communicate their experience of mental health.

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Change Is Scary? But Don’t Be Scared

24 Apr 2023 , by Caroline

Change Is Scary? But Don’t Be Scared

One thing that can trigger my anxiety is change. I admit it. I hate change. It scares me, I find it daunting. The unknown, the strange feeling of unfamiliarity of new things.

I remember once at work we had a workshop. At that workshop we had a section that discussed …

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No pressure new year

01 Jan 2023 , by Caroline

No pressure new year

I’ve just been reading about new year and all about the goals we “should” be setting, the resolutions we “should” be intending to do.

It got me thinking about pressure. The pressure put on us that can make some of us feel “I must work out a goal and intend …

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The pressure to be ho ho happy

13 Dec 2022 , by Caroline

The pressure to be ho ho happy

I really don’t want to sound like a grinch as I really do love Christmas, but there seems to me to be this unwritten rule of pressure – and that is to be happy all the time in December, doesn’t there?

Maybe I am wrong and it is just me …

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What a myth – Self-care is selfish

14 Nov 2022 , by Caroline

What a myth – Self-care is selfish

This has got to be right up there among some of the greatest myths – that self-care is selfish, when it most definitely is not. In fact, self-care is one of the most essential things we need to do.

I would love to know how this came to not only …

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We can be lonely together

20 Jun 2022 , by Caroline

We can be lonely together

I wonder how many people are feeling lonely right now? Loneliness is one of the worst feelings isn’t it? How many of us have felt alone when we are actually on our own, or lonely in a crowd, with a group of friends, or in a bustling busy place?

No …

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Insomnia – It Can Keep You Awake At Night

08 Jun 2022 , by Caroline

Insomnia – It Can Keep You Awake At Night

I have had insomnia now for about five years and it’s been around so long it’s starting to feel like the norm. But it definitely doesn’t get any easier, especially at night.

Having insomnia, for me, can feel like the night is the loneliest time and place to be. I …

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Why we need to talk about loss

27 Apr 2022 , by Caroline

Why we need to talk about loss

It has been a tense and emotional few months. You see I have just lost a member of the family after an illness.

They were admitted into hospital in March and passed away in April. Everything is finished now. The funeral has taken place and we can all get “back …

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Trauma can’t be measured

13 Mar 2022 , by Caroline

Trauma can’t be measured

It took me nearly a decade to admit to myself something was not quite right. I had convinced myself that I had dealt with grief, moved on, and I was just being dramatic when I felt anxious. I was over reacting when I felt down. After all, who am I …

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Can I relax now?

11 Feb 2022 , by Caroline

Can I relax now?

The coronavirus pandemic led to the whole world shutting down. We were all closed off from the outside world and our ‘pre-pandemic’ routines for long periods of time. When restrictions eased, we were so used to staying indoors as it became a habit, with many of us experiencing a new …

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Your story is your story

26 Jan 2022 , by Caroline

Your story is your story

Can you remember a time when you just didn’t feel OK? I can remember times feeling like that and then wanting to open up and talk about it. Sometimes it felt easy, and other times it took a lot of courage to be open and say “I don’t feel OK …

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