Off Topic(ish) – Sarah Long Art

One of the many ways I have been helping keep my mental health in a good place this past year, has been painting. It’s always been good for me – I enjoy it immensely and find it a very mindful activity – focussed attention, challenging action. But I’ve always found it hard to give myselfContinue reading “Off Topic(ish) – Sarah Long Art”

Checkpoint 20/21

April has long been a time of reflection and planning for me – years of working in an organisation where performance review, business planning and financial year end were all jumbled together. I don’t have a boss any more to make me do it so indulge me while I naval gaze for a moment. ItContinue reading “Checkpoint 20/21”

Find Your Why

Why do you do what you do? And by that I don’t just mean what you do for work, though that is a big part of the question. I also mean, why do you spend your leisure time doing whatever it is you do. Why do you choose to respond to that facebook post butContinue reading “Find Your Why”

Training Dates – March – Jun

It’s that time again – new dates scheduled for open training courses from March-June. Online Mental Health First Aid (4 Sessions)Sunday Mornings from April 11thWednesday Evenings from April 14thFriday Mornings from April 16th Monday Afternoons from June 7thSaturday Mornings from June 12thThursday Evenings from June 17th Online Mental Health Champion (2 Sessions)Friday Mornings from MarchContinue reading “Training Dates – March – Jun”

Duty of care

I was listening to the latest episode of Brene Brown’s podcast, Dare to Lead yesterday. A second part to her interview with Aiko Bethea, Diversity, Equality and Inclusion expert. I recommend both this podcast and Brene’s other one, Unlocking Us, for lots of insight on leadership and what makes us tick. There are lots ofContinue reading “Duty of care”

Where do you live?

Dwelling. It’s an interesting word. It means the home itself, but also what we do in it. It also means something else. To dwell upon something. To linger thinking on something, to cogitate, ruminate. In an effort not to ruminate upon the troubles, large and small which afflict us these days, I have been paintingContinue reading “Where do you live?”

Managing expectations – what do you want from your training?

I deliver several different mental health training courses at the moment, some of them well established, others just finding their feet (and new ones in the pipeline). They all have their subtle differences, are great for different requirements – and are generally well received. However sometimes it is possible to tell from feedback that someoneContinue reading “Managing expectations – what do you want from your training?”

Mind Your Head – Happy Valley Pride

In addition to starting an evening class on Tuesday, last night I had an engagement to appear on a mental health panel discussion for Happy Valley Pride – talking about mental health with the LGBTQ+ community in mind particularly. It was nice to connect with others in the community and think about the ways inContinue reading “Mind Your Head – Happy Valley Pride”

What is wrong with me?

It’s a question I’ve asked myself many times. It’s a question that most people who experience mental health difficulties ask themselves. Especially in the early days. When maybe they don’t realise what’s going on. It’s not just a mental illness thing. There are so many people living with experiences, symptoms, they don’t understand. That weContinue reading “What is wrong with me?”