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Depression: A Doctor’s Role

Depression can come out of nowhere and knock you to your knees. It can also develop gradually over time. So slowly, that those around you may notice something is up before you do. It can affect every aspect of our lives. Those who have never experienced depression often underestimate how debilitating depression is. As if…

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Depression: 5 Illustrations Which Help Aid Understanding

Words can be tricky things – finding the right ones, taking them in and understanding the context of their meaning. Describing the ever-changing landscape of depression is a challenge. No two people experience depression in the same way, just as the things which help people can differ. Illustrations can help us to understand something in…

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Depression: Getting Through the Winter Months

As the sun begins to shy away and the nights drag on, we often feel our mood slipping. Many of those struggling with depression find that the winter months can be some of the hardest. But, even when the clouds roll in it’s possible to keep our own little lights shining and, through self care…

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Making New Friends

When you’ve got depression, you need as much support as possible. But what if your friendships haven’t stood the test of time? We all need someone who is going to fight our corner. Someone who will present us with a differing perception of the world and of ourselves. To share interests with. Remind us of…

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Depression: Practical Things Which Might Help

There’s no doubt about it, the more supported you feel, the better. When we feel as though we are surrounded by people who are rooting for us, on our ‘team’ with depression the opponent, we feel less of a burden, more understood and also have confidence that there are people in place to catch us…

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Some Really Good Advice for Those Who Are Going to University

Setting off to university can be an exciting time. You’re leaving home for the first time. Getting the chance to spread your wings. Furthering your education. Meeting new people and having new experiences. Managing your finances. Manage your time. For many, it’s that first proper taste of independence. And for all the above reasons, it…

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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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Dear Friend (is it still okay to call you that?)

Dear Friend (is it still okay to call you that?) I have been a lousy friend to you and I’m sorry. I miss you. Years ago, depression came out of nowhere and knocked me to my knees. It felt as though overnight, I turned from a lifelong member of our friendship circle into someone who…

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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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