Posts by Blurt Team

19+ Ideas for Self-Care

Self-care is absolutely vital. When we take care of ourselves, become certain of our boundaries and treat ourselves with respect, this signals to others what our standards are. What we’ll accept and not accept. Not just that, actions speak louder than words. Acts of self-care are the archenemy of those relentless negative thoughts we have….

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21 of our Favourite Apps to help with Wellbeing

We’ve been thinking a lot lately, about the media attention surrounding our smartphones and our wellbeing. We published the following tweet: Turning off the alerts on your phone can free up headspace – allowing you to check in when YOU want to, taking back some control. — The Blurt Foundation (@BlurtAlerts) August 17, 2015 Which…

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25 Ways You Can Support Someone With Depression

Depression is a complex illness. It’s also changeable, debilitating and confusing. And that’s for the person who is struggling. When we support someone with depression, we might feel useless, especially if you’ve not experienced mental ill health ourselves. You may struggle to find the right words, feel as though you’re treading on eggshells and be…

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41 Things Those With Depression Want You to Know

It can be hard to believe just how common depression is because we just don’t talk about it. Well, we do, but as a whole, society doesn’t tend to . There’s still a great deal of stigma and shame attached to  it. In the spirit of last week’s post, this week we asked the lovely folk…

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Depression: What You Don’t See

Depression: What You Don't See.

There’s no doubt about it, depression is a debilitating illness. It can affect absolutely every aspect of your life. Yet, so much of the suffering is not seen. To help increase awareness and understanding, we asked people to share their insights and experiences with us – we wanted to highlight the reality of depression, the…

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Mental Illness Is Not The News Story Here

The headlines today are diabolical. They make my heart sink. It is being reported that the Germanwings co-pilot, Andreas Lubitz, had a history of depression. But I think we’re missing the point. In fact, we’re entirely missing the point. Depression does not define a person. People are not the be-all and end-all of their illness….

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How Dame Kelly Holmes Inadvertently Changed My Life

As I picked up Dame Kelly Holme’s autobiography, sometime in 2010, I expected to read about her rise to the top of her game and learn about the lady who I’d seen cross the finish line to bring home gold, not once, but twice. [Image courtesy of https://www.pinterest.com/pin/264656915572990081/] I didn’t expect the monumental shift in mindset which…

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Want To End It All? Please Read This

Want to End it All Please Read This Suicide

Thank you for stopping to read this. Thank you for letting us sit with you. We know how much you’re hurting. We understand that choosing to open this wasn’t easy. We can’t fix everything for you, but we can sit with you until it feels a little less intense. You are not a bad person…

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In Crisis? These 12 Actions Can Help

Sometimes our depression may lead us to struggle with suicidal thoughts and feelings.  Feeling suicidal is horrible. It can be incredibly hard to deal with and can lead us feeling very isolated. We don’t know how to carry on. However dark things seem, we need to hang on in there. We are never alone. There…

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Helping Someone Who Is Suicidal

Helping Someone Who Is Suicidal

Around 20% of people in the UK experience suicidal thoughts at some point in their lifetime. So you may well encounter someone who’s feeling suicidal at some point. It can be hard to know what to do in that situation. It can be distressing and we worry about saying or doing the right things. Nobody…

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