Depression: 10 Quotes Which Help Us Through Tough Days

Words aren’t always the easiest things to form, yet seem to have the biggest impact on our lives. Something that someone said years ago – without forethought and by chance – and promptly forgotten, could be a sentence that the person next to them clings onto for years to come. When we’re fighting our way…

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Personal Independence Payment (PIP): Resources to Help You

Depression can affect different people in different ways. Sometimes it can reach the point where it becomes disabling. We know that it can be hard to accept that depression can be a disability, but sometimes we need to reach out for extra support. What is Personal Independence Payment (PIP)? Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is a…

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Referring to Depression as a Third Person: Does it Help?

It can be really hard to understand depression. We might not understand our own thoughts and feelings, or be able to identify with what’s happening to us. This is perhaps why so many of us use metaphors to try and get our heads round depression. Winston Churchill described his as a black dog, and that…

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Decluttering: How it Boosts Mental Health

Our environment undoubtedly affects our mood. If our surroundings stress us out, take up headspace, or make day-to-day living harder than it needs to be, we feel the impact. Reducing the ‘clutter’ in our lives – be it physical, digital or otherwise – allows us tackle stressors head-on, which benefits our mental health. WHAT IS DECLUTTERING? Put simply,…

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A Letter to Those Expecting Exam Results

Dear Exam-Result-Expecter, We know how difficult results day can be. We know how many sleepless nights it can cause. We want you to know that you are not alone in feeling this way – most people your age will be feeling similar things, and many of us who got our results a long time ago…

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Depression: Returning To Work After Being Signed Off

If you’re anything like us, just coming back to work after a long weekend can send our brain into a bit of shock. After you’ve been signed off with depression, it’s easy to build up lots of apprehension about returning to the daily grind, even if you generally love your job. It’s a justified worry because…

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Coping with Bereavement and Loss When You Already Have Depression

Sadly, grief is something we will all face at some point in our lives. Grief can be caused by the death of someone we love, or by other circumstances such as losing a job, losing a pet, the deterioration of our health, moving house, or a relationship ending, the effects are very similar. When we…

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A Letter to Parents who have a Child with Depression

Dear Parent, We know that things are really tough for you right now. Perhaps your child has just been diagnosed with depression, or maybe they’ve had it for a while. They might not really be a child any more, they might be a teen, a young adult, or maybe even a fully-fledged grown-up, but they’re…

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Give Yourself Permission to do the Things you Enjoy

Enjoyment. Pleasure. Fun. Happiness. Contentment. Sometimes it’s very easy to forget what they’re like. Depression whispers to us that they don’t exist, or that we don’t deserve them, or have time for them. Well, depression is wrong, and it knows it. It’s lying again. These things DO exist, and we all deserve to rediscover them….

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Depression: Coping Tips and Advice for New Parents, From Parents

There’s little that can prepare you for the moment you take your newborn baby home. They don’t come with an instruction manual. It’s a steep learning curve and it’s natural to feel overwhelmed. It’s an exciting yet daunting time. After the birth of your child, you may experience a spell of the baby blues, they’re…

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