Category: Supporting Someone with Depression

11 Ways To Reach In To Those Who Have Depression

11 Ways To 'Reach In' To Those Who Have Depression

Those with depression are actively encouraged to reach out for help and support but the low self-worth that we experience as part of depression can make it a really difficult thing to do. When we’re low, it can be hard to find the words we need in order to reach out to those around us. It can be…

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The Things Employers Can Do To Cultivate A Supportive Workplace Culture

The Things Employers Can Do To Cultivate A Supportive Workplace Culture

When we are able to work, we spend a considerable chunk of time there. It can have a big impact on our mental health – both good and bad. Creating a supportive workplace culture is important. It’s not just the responsibility of the boss or line manager – it’s everyone’s responsibility. That said, a supportive…

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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: Coping When Our Loved Ones Are Also Unwell

Depression: Coping When Our Loved Ones Are Also Unwell

Living with depression is incredibly difficult; not just for those of us who are unwell, but for our loved ones too. There’s not one area of our lives that depression doesn’t touch. When a loved one has depression, we feel the affects of the illness on our relationships, and we often feel helpless, confused and…

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The Blurt Peer Project

The Blurt Peer Project

We are *so* excited to share this with you, we’ve been talking about it and planning it for what feels like donkey’s years. On top of raising awareness and understanding of depression, we also feel incredibly passionate about combining peer support with education. We’ve been working our socks off on what that might look like,…

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Explaining Depression To A Child

Explaining Depression To A Child

Depression impacts all parts of our life. It can affect our work, our day-to-day routines, and the way we relate with other people. When we have children in our lives, having depression can be especially difficult.  We feel guilty that we can’t always be fun and playful. We might be snappy, or withdraw. If depression is…

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Little Ways Our Loved Ones Can Help With Our Depression

LITTLE WAYS OUR LOVED ONES CAN HELP WITH OUR DEPRESSION

When we are living with depression, it can be hard for loved ones to know how to help. They may want to show support and let us know they care, but feel unsure about how best to do this. We don’t need people to make grand gestures, but small acts of kindness can make a big…

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Practical Ways To Help A Friend With Depression

Practical Ways to Help a Friend with Depression

Depression can be an incredibly isolating illness. When we’re depressed, it can be hard for us to speak to our friends. We worry about bringing them down, feel awkward and embarrassed, and don’t know how to explain how we’re feeling.  We may try and isolate ourselves, as it seems easier than maintaining a friendship – a friendship…

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Depression: What Employers Can Do To Help Us Back To Work

Depression: What Employers Can Do To Welcome Us Back To Work

Depression can sometimes mean that we need to take sick leave from work for a while. If we we have to take time off, we don’t need to be ashamed. With 12.7% of all sickness absence days being due to mental health conditions, we’re definitely not alone. When we’re able to return to work, there…

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Peer Support: What It Is And Why It Helps

Peer Support: What It Is And Why It Helps

Peer Support takes place when people with similar lived experiences provide emotional, social or practical help to each other.  In the mental health field, Peer Support enables those who have experienced mental ill-health to connect and support each other. This can be an extremely positive experience for all involved. At Blurt, we’re big fans of Peer Support. In this post,…

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