Mental Health: Why The Words We Use Do Matter

Mental Health: Why The Words We Use Do Matter

When it comes to mental health and mental illness, language can be a very tricky landscape to navigate. There are many words and terms which are ingrained into our everyday language, which we habitually use, that can reinforce negative stereotypes, without us even realising. We don’t go about our days intending to upset or offend…

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Depression: How To Cope When Things Go Wrong

Depression: How To Cope When Things Go Wrong

Things going wrong are a normal – somewhat frustrating – part of life. They can set us back, but most of the time we can figure out a way to pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and keep going. However, when we’re experiencing depression, even seemingly minor, inconsequential things going wrong can have a huge…

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Self-Care For When We’re Empty And Have Nothing Left To Give

Self-Care For When We're Empty And Have Nothing Left To Give

Sometimes we find ourselves on our knees; our motivation has deserted us, our energy tanks are depleted, we feel everything and nothing, all at once. We’re empty. Bone dry. This often brings with it a sense of frustration – ‘Why can’t I be more like [insert name of friend who is posting their achievements all over social media]?’ Guilt –…

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Our ‘Sending Gigantosaurus Hugs’ BuddyBox – The Reaction

Our 'Sending Gigantosaurus Hugs' BuddyBox - The Reaction

Our brains are wired to highlight the negative – it’s an evolutionary thing to keep us safe from predators and danger. But boy do we wish the positive sang louder and prouder. We’re all doing our best but we often don’t tell ourselves that, or hear it often. June’s Buddybox is stuffed full of gigantosaurus…

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#BlurtChats We Asked: Why do you think there’s still such a taboo about taking medication for mental ill health?

#BlurtChats We Asked: How Do You Manage To Socialise Within The Confines Of Your Depression Or Anxiety?

On the 2nd Tuesday, of every month, we’re live on Twitter at 8pm (GMT) to facilitate a conversation about a topic related to mental health. Here’s a round-up of our Twitter Chat:  Why do you think there’s still such a taboo about taking medication for mental ill health? Welcome Blurtaroos to our EIGHTH #BlurtChats This week…

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Let’s Talk About Medication Stigma

Let's Talk About Medication Stigma

If only we had a pound for every time we’ve heard: ‘you don’t need to take medication for your mental health, you just need to meditate/do yoga/eat more vegetables/think positive/just stop worrying’. Even though mental health and mental illness are, thankfully, becoming more and more widely discussed, stigma around mental health medication is still pervasive….

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Depression: Getting Our Smartphones To Work For Us

Depression: Getting Our Smartphones To Work For Us

There are some pretty boisterous claims made about smartphones – with one writer claming that smartphones have ‘destroyed a generation’. Whether you agree with this claim or not, there is no doubt that the way we use our smartphones can have a positive, or negative, effect on our wellbeing. This can, at times, lead to…

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Depression: How To Cope With Feelings Of Anger

Depression: How To Cope With Feelings Of Anger

When we think of depression, symptoms such as numbness, sadness, and lethargy often spring to mind. Something we might not immediately think of, but have probably experienced, is a feeling of anger. Depression makes us irritable Irritability is often a symptom of depression, and it makes total sense; depression usually plays havoc with our sleep patterns. We spend…

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Our ‘Self-care Isn’t Sel-fish’ BuddyBox – The Reaction

Our 'Self-care Isn't Sel-fish' BuddyBox - The Reaction

It’s one thing hearing that self-care isn’t selfish and quite another to ‘know’ it. It can feel icky to change habits that might not have always served us in the best self-care fashion. It can be hard to care for ourselves when we feel unworthy of love and care. May’s BuddyBox is full of fish-tactic self-care-encouraging treats,…

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365 Days of Self-Care: A Journal

365 Days of Self-Care: A Journal

We’ve only gone and written another book! Nope, we can’t quite believe it either. It’s accurate to say that we’ve definitely approached the whole ‘writing a book thing’ in a topsy-turvy way – The Self-Care Project was actually our second book idea: we’d spent a considerable amount of time planning a companion journal for the hashtag…

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