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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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Poem: An Unwanted Intruder

08 Oct 2020 , by SamanthaCrilly

Poem: An Unwanted Intruder

I lay there asleep, in peace on my bed
Avoiding waking to confront the demon in my head
Losing myself in my beautiful dreams
Feeling free, well, for what it seems

I wake and feel the constraint around me
Face to face with the …

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Poem: Ana

07 Oct 2020 , by SamanthaCrilly

Poem: Ana

Sitting down to my family dinner,
Everyone staring as I become thinner.
Ana slowly creeping into my thoughts
Telling me to put down my knife and fork.

There’s nothing I can do to make her eat, Mum whispers to Dad,
Ana smiles all smug …

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No labels, just feelings

27 Sep 2020 , by Caroline

No labels, just feelings

Talking about mental health isn’t easy, but it definitely matters. Mental illness still has a lot of stigma attached to it, despite the growing focus on mental health in recent years. The stigma surrounding mental health can prevent us from recognizing when we need to reach out for help.

Caroline …

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How naming your Black Dog can humanise depression

24 Sep 2020 , by Mollie

How naming your Black Dog can humanise depression

The Black Dog Campaign was created as a celebration of SANE’s 25th anniversary in order to highlight depression and other mental health conditions, and encourage people to seek help. It has since proved immensley popular and is still growing in strength and numbers of supporters.

Mollie has Biopolar Disorder and …

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Hold on

20 Sep 2020 , by Caroline

Hold on

This year is barmy isn’t it? And the longer the year goes on the more song lyrics take on a more real meaning for me.

For example the news these days – it’s getting to the point that each day the news is getting more awful, more surreal and I …

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Poem: Amber (Bipolar)

16 Sep 2020 , by hd1992

Poem: Amber (Bipolar)

(Note: I don’t suffer from this myself but I did research on it and completed this poem which is a part of a mental health poetry series I’ve written entitled ‘A Colourful Mind’ which is not published)

Like a pendulum my mood swings
From one extreme to the other

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You do you

06 Sep 2020 , by Caroline

You do you

“Do not compare yourself to anyone else” is, I think, one of the greatest bits of advice we need these days. But it is almost an impossible challenge not to.

In the old days before the Internet it was hard enough. Growing up wanting to have the latest trend in …

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How to be kind to yourself even when life doesn’t go as expected

01 Sep 2020 , by Ayesha

How to be kind to yourself even when life doesn’t go as expected

Sometimes you can make plans right down to the very last minute detail and then something will happen and it doesn’t turn out as you expected.

After finishing university, Ayesha thought she knew where her life was heading. She had goals to aim for and was determined to reach them. …

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What if thinking was an exam?

30 Aug 2020 , by Caroline

What if thinking was an exam?

I feel so sorry for my son at the moment. He will be starting his exam year and already he is revising for a maths test. I am totally, completely useless at maths. My help and knowledge will be, well to be honest, no help what so ever. But, I …

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When the doubt creeps in

27 Aug 2020 , by AliceRitaK

When the doubt creeps in

I’ve had a good day today and achieved a lot but it’s the end of the day now and I’m playing punish in my head. Doing a postmortem of things I’ve said. I work with victims of domestic violence and it’s been SO busy since lockdown began. I am never …

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