In Defence of Mental Health Bloggers: Why Nobody Should be Made to Feel Bad for Speaking Out

So this week I've seen a few posts on Twitter which have concerned and baffled me. That in itself is nothing out of the ordinary to be honest but I felt like this time I needed to respond in defence of my fellow mental health bloggers. So the first topic I want to address is the hate I've … Continue reading In Defence of Mental Health Bloggers: Why Nobody Should be Made to Feel Bad for Speaking Out

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10k for Mind: Training Update 6 (Recovery and Building Momentum)

Tuesday 11th April Just over a week after my last run - which was curtailed after 15 minutes by injury - I ventured out again to try and get myself back into my training. I realise that my training has been very stop-start so far and it is really frustrating but I guess that is life. Anyway, … Continue reading 10k for Mind: Training Update 6 (Recovery and Building Momentum)

5 Steps I Take to Manage my Anxiety

Following on from last week's post - 5 Situations that Trigger my Anxiety - I thought I'd talk about the steps I take to manage my anxiety when it does hit me... 1:  Identify Triggering Thoughts The first step I take is to recognise when I'm having triggering anxious thoughts. These are thoughts which I've challenged … Continue reading 5 Steps I Take to Manage my Anxiety

10k for Mind: Training Update 5 (Job Interviews and Injury)

It has been over 3 weeks since my last training update so what on earth have I been doing!? Well, to be honest, it hasn't ended up being the best couple of weeks for me. I've had to distance myself a bit from my blogging and training over the past few weeks in order to make time, around my current job, … Continue reading 10k for Mind: Training Update 5 (Job Interviews and Injury)

Why it is so Important to Open Up About Your Mental Health

I think that people find it strange that somebody like me would be affected by recurring anxiety disorders and depression. I’m from a loving family, have a supportive long-term relationship, great friends and good career prospects. I’ve never had a reason to feel the way I have done over the last ten years. What I … Continue reading Why it is so Important to Open Up About Your Mental Health

When is the Right Time to Stop Taking Antidepressants?

This week has been a particularly busy one for me which included going to my GP on Wednesday to review my medication. Recently I posted about my experience of antidepressants (which is a positive one) but now I have a choice to make on whether or not to continue to take medication for my mental health. … Continue reading When is the Right Time to Stop Taking Antidepressants?

10k for Mind: Training Update 4 (Celebratory Fireworks and Level Crossings)

So this was the week that I managed to complete my first full 10k! Here's the breakdown... Saturday 11th March I missed training on Friday but managed to force myself out eventually on Saturday. I set off too quickly AGAIN (one day I'll sort out my pacing properly) but was really pleased with my final … Continue reading 10k for Mind: Training Update 4 (Celebratory Fireworks and Level Crossings)

One Year On, How Antidepressants Helped Me Find Myself Again

On Wednesday I will be returning to see my GP to review my medication just over a year after I began taking antidepressants to help manage my anxiety and subsequent depression. The end of 2015 and beginning of 2016 was one of the toughest periods I've been through with my mental health. My anxiety got a grip of me again and … Continue reading One Year On, How Antidepressants Helped Me Find Myself Again

STOP Suicide: Challenging the Stigma and Myths around Suicide

Mental health is a topic which still has a huge amount of stigma attached to it. In fact, the Time to Change campaign states that 9 out of 10 people with mental health problems experience stigma and discrimination. The fact that this stigma still exists in a society in which 1 in 4 people experience a mental health … Continue reading STOP Suicide: Challenging the Stigma and Myths around Suicide

10k for Mind: Training Update 3 (Back to Running and ASBO Teenagers)

I've finally resumed my training this week! Which I am clearly really happy about as you can see below... Monday 6th March 2017 Exactly 17 days after my last training session, I laced up my running shoes and got outside with a sense of trepidation about how well my run would go after my absence... ...thankfully it didn't … Continue reading 10k for Mind: Training Update 3 (Back to Running and ASBO Teenagers)

Men and Mental Health: Time to Change

I've come across so many amazing mental health bloggers since I've started my own blog to raise awareness on the subject. One thing has been very apparent to me though - that almost every blog I have seen has been written by a woman. Men experience mental health problems too (obviously) so where are all of the male bloggers? … Continue reading Men and Mental Health: Time to Change

10k for Mind: Training Update 2 (Grumpy Cats and Dominos Pizza)

I'm still trying to fully recover from the illness which I had last week so this training update consists of exactly zero training! Poor me! Besides going to work, my regime in preparation for the 10k is currently lots of rest, lots of moaning to Stacey, my girlfriend, and the consumption of lots of the following: Not … Continue reading 10k for Mind: Training Update 2 (Grumpy Cats and Dominos Pizza)