Depression

What Actually is Self-Harm? A Simple Guide

OK. So you’ve heard of self-harm and maybe you know people who do it. But do you actually know what it is and why people self-harm? Why do some people feel an urge to inflict pain on themselves? I can remember as a youth worker running mental health workshops in schools about self-harm and people

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“I’ve been self-harming, what should I do?”

Self-harm can often be something that people do in secret, and it can feel like a very private way of coping so worrying that someone might find out is a very normal fear. Perhaps you have scars, and you are ashamed and embarrassed about what you have done to your body. You don’t want to

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What Actually is Depression?

If you are currently feeling suicidal, find out where you can support here. As a counsellor, I have had many clients over the years describe their depression to me as a deep, dark fog.  Many feel like there is no escape and that they are stuck in this darkness with so little energy to do

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8 Things You Can Do to Keep Suicidal Thoughts at Bay

If you are currently feeling suicidal, click here for information on where to get urgent support. Wait Try to decide not to do anything to hurt yourself right now. Sometimes it can help to take one day at a time. If that feels too overwhelming, try taking one hour at a time, or five minutes

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Ups and Downs: How to Navigate the World After Depression

Dealing with life after depression is not always straightforward. You might feel like everything should be back to how things were before straight away, but this journey is not linear, and you could feel frustrated that life isn’t all sunshine and rainbows now that you are doing a bit better. That’s why we’ve got this

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8 in-the-moment things you should remember if someone opens up about suicide

It’s okay to feel scared If a mate tells you suicide is on their mind it can feel very scary. Remember this is a normal human feeling. We want our friends to stay alive and having this kind of conversation can feel very scary for everyone, even me, and I’m a counsellor! You don’t have

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5 Quick Things We Can Do to Feel Happier

What actually makes us happy? There are lots of things we think will make us happy, but that kind of happiness doesn’t seem to last very long most of the time. One of the reasons for this, is a brain feature called the Hedonic Treadmill. The Hedonic Treadmill is when we feel happy or sad

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5 Things I Realised When I Told People About My Depression

It’s Men’s Health Week, and basketball player Brendan Okoronkwo talks about what he learned through dealing with mental health issues. “I’m struggling with depression”. The hardest four words I’ve had to say. There was no specific moment in my life that made me depressed. I think it was more a culmination of life events combined

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8 Things People with Anxiety Are Totally Sick of Hearing

So, if you have anxiety, you are probably pretty used to hearing certain stuff. It’s usually super well-meaning people like family and friends who, whilst lovely, don’t quite get it. We decided that everyone deserves a bit of a giggle, so we put together a list of 8 of the most annoying things you are

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10 Reasons Why you Should Never be Ashamed of your Mental Illness

We are not ashamed… People are tired of hiding their mental illnesses. Tired of pretending to have a cold for the fifth time this year, instead of disclosing the real reason to employers why they’re off sick again. Tired of explaining why they can’t get out of bed. Tired of explaining why yesterday, they were

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