Tag: Mental Illness

Coming To Terms With Chronic Mental Illness

For some people, mental illness is a long-term or ‘chronic’ condition. Coming to terms with the idea that we might have to proactively manage our mental health for an extended period can be difficult to cope with. It can take a long time to absorb it, accept it, and learn how to adapt our lives…

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Mental Illness: Preparing For Your First Appointment

Mental Illness: Preparing For Your First Appointment

If we’re worried about our mental health, it’s often helpful to speak to a healthcare professional. But booking and attending an appointment can be a real challenge. The closer the appointment gets, the more intense our anxiety around it can become. Preparing for it can help us to feel more in control, and to reduce…

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What We Want You To Know About Self-Damaging Behaviours

What We Want You To Know About Self-Damaging Behaviours

When we’re trying to cope with the stresses and strains of life, there may be times when we turn to self-damaging behaviours. The use of these behaviours is often highly stigmatised and this stigma can be worsened by a lack of understanding. Self-Damaging Behaviours Are Wide-Ranging Self-damaging behaviours can encompass a range of things. This…

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Coping With The Frustration Of Mental Illness

Mental illness can be incredibly frustrating – impacting all areas of our lives and making it harder to do things that we want or have previously been able to do. What Is Frustration? The Oxford dictionary defines being frustrated as being annoyed or impatient because you can’t achieve what you want. It’s often linked with…

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Mental Health Is A Sliding Scale

When we hear the term ‘mental health‘, our minds often go straight to thinking about mental illness and if we’ve never experienced mental ill health, we don’t think the conversation applies to us. But it does, we all have mental health. The term ‘mental health’ encompasses a broader spectrum of experiences than mental illness. We…

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Our Book: ‘365 Days Of Self-Care: A Journal’ Has Arrived!

We can hardly believe it, but it’s publication day for our second book; 365 Days Of Self-Care: A Journal! The disruptive nature of life means that, sometimes, our best-laid plans get waylaid. When there’s a toss-up between self-care activities and heeding the needs and requests of others, it’s quite likely that self-care will lose out….

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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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Why It’s Not Attention Seeking To Talk About Mental Ill-Health

One of the most frustrating things we encounter when discussing mental ill-health is the accusations of attention seeking. We’re sure you’ve heard it too: “Oh, they’re just hurting themselves to get attention”, or “Why do you need to talk about your depression so much – are you just looking for attention?” The worst thing about…

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