Perfectionism and Depression

Many of us who struggle with depression also have problems with perfectionism. Our depression constantly tells us that we aren’t good enough: that we should be trying harder, doing better. It tells us that we have to be perfect in every part of our lives – and when we’re not, we’re failing. But the truth…

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Teachers: How To Support Young People With Depression

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Around three children in every classroom have a diagnosable mental health condition. While awareness of mental health issues in the education system is improving, the amount of support both teachers and students receive can vary from school to school. For teachers, the welfare and well-being of students is obviously a priority.  As such teachers will want to…

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10 Mental Health Blogs We Enjoy Reading

One thing we love about the Internet is that it opens the door for conversation about mental health. Across the world, people use blogs as a platform to share experiences, increase awareness and understanding, and provide comfort and support. And that’s a very good thing. 10 Mental Health Blogs We Like We thought we’d pop…

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Depression: Straightening Out Those Wonky Boundaries

We all have personal boundaries: physical, emotional and mental limits we establish that let others know they can treat us, how they can behave around us, and what they can expect from us. The boundaries we adopt vary from person to person, depending on our values, beliefs and life experiences.  Ideally, our boundaries should work…

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Depression: On Making Mistakes

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Making mistakes is part of life. Unfortunately, when we have depression, the negative feelings that can come with making mistakes often get amplified. It can send us into a negative spiral and make us think and believe horrible things about ourselves. Depression can cause us to make more mistakes Some aspects of depression can cause…

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Depression: Your Rights At Work

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When we have depression, basic life tasks can be difficult, so trying to work on top of that can be a real challenge. Depression can interfere with our ability to work – for some of us that might mean we can’t work at all, for others it might mean that we need certain adjustments in the workplace….

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To Those Who Support Us With Depression, Thank You

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This is to those of you who support us with depression. Our parents, friends, GPs, nurses, mental health workers, siblings, partners, colleagues, and flatmates. We want to say thank you. Thank you for being there. Thank you for trying to understand. Thank you for not giving up on us. Thank you for continuing to try and…

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Rediscovering Ourselves when Depression Gobbles Us Up

When we have depression – particularly when we’ve had it for a long time – it can feel as though our illness completely gobbles us up. Depression strips the joy out of all the activities we used to love, steals our ability to think clearly, and can make seeing our friends feel impossible. We might not…

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Depression: Debunking the Myths

When talking to others about depression, we’re often greeted with a range of responses. Some of these responses are helpful and supportive, others are less so. Unfortunately, there are a number of misconceptions and myths surrounding depression. We asked our Peer Support Group to share those they’d encountered so we could ‘myth bust’ them. Myth:…

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Things to try when depression affects your memory and concentration

Depression brings a whole heap of horrid symptoms to our door. We have no energy, problems sleeping, struggle to make decisions and lose interest in things which once brought us joy – to name just a few. Depression can also really limit our concentration and memory. It can be frustrating and disorientating (and sometimes a bit…

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