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

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Understanding psychosis

22 Aug 2019 , by SophieRM

Understanding psychosis

If you’re struggling with a mental illness, or care for someone close who experiences mental ill health, you’ll understand how difficult daily activities can sometimes be. With psychosis, additional struggles can arise when your perception of the world becomes unbalanced, confusing and irrational.

Sophie Robinson-Mathews, who at 19 became aware …

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My Black dog is called Sondela

08 Aug 2019 , by neema

My Black dog is called Sondela

I have known Sondela for a long time, and it was not until 2017 we were formally introduced to each other. Since then I know she will always be around, but I am determined not to let her take over. Sondela is strong, but I am stronger. Sondela is my …

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Poem: Depersonalisation

25 Jul 2019 , by liamobey

Poem: Depersonalisation

I feel a bit dizzy,
disoriented. I think my
mind is falling off the table.
I put a hand out to catch
it but it doesn’t roll, no.
Just sits there, still, with that
“You’re gonna lose me, kid!”
look.
Am I …

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7 Warning signs of a depressive episode

15 Jul 2019 , by KatN

7 Warning signs of a depressive episode

Depression can affect anyone at any time. It doesn’t discriminate and often leaves its sufferers confused, angry, and isolated. Sometimes our lives look ideal on paper, but this can be the exact opposite of what we’re feeling on the inside, and the conflict can lead to feelings of guilt and …

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How can yoga help people with anxiety?

11 Jul 2019 , by heatheryoga

How can yoga help people with anxiety?

Sometimes, the public perception of anxiety doesn’t quite fit the reality of living with an anxiety disorder. The idea of someone who feels nervous more often than is comfortable, or who worries too much about what people think of them, is misaligned with the often debilitating nature of anxiety and …

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Starting to meditate when you’re prone to depression

08 Jul 2019 , by hollyashby

Starting to meditate when you’re prone to depression

Perhaps one of the most promising things about meditation is that initial studies suggest it can relieve the symptoms of depression. Depression is something that affects huge amounts of people, with the World Health Organisation listing it as one of the leading causes of disability worldwide – and it’s an …

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How spoken word saved my life

03 Jul 2019 , by Patrick

How spoken word saved my life

Poetry allows us to use the nuance of language to talk about some of the most difficult feelings that humans can experience. Like poetry, spoken word is also an excellent tool for helping others understand depression, which helps to end mental health stigma. Poetry gives mental illness a name, a …

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What can I do if a friend is having a psychotic episode?

04 Jun 2019 , by Nicola

What can I do if a friend is having a psychotic episode?

Psychosis blurs the line between what’s real and what’s not. This can cause hallucinations (seeing, hearing or feeling things that aren’t there) and delusions (believing something that is unlikely to be true and that isn’t believed by others). Thoughts and speech can get disorganised and the person experiencing it may …

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What it takes to be a man

27 Mar 2019 , by tom1983

What it takes to be a man

In England, around 1 in 8 men has a common mental health problem such as depression, anxiety, panic disorder or obsessive-compulsive disorder [OCD]. Some research suggests that men who can’t speak openly about their emotions may be less able to recognise symptoms of mental health problems in themselves, and less …

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Finding motivation through the January blues

04 Jan 2019 , by hollyashby

Finding motivation through the January blues

With Christmas and 2018 behind us, and a whole new year stretching out ahead, January is a time for fresh starts and resolutions. But with the third Monday in January known for the most miserable day of the year, and weeks of cold and dark ahead, many of us can …

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