Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) – which course(s) are right for you?

I’ve just started scheduling courses, so thought I would write something to help people decide which course would be most suitable for their needs. MHFA England have a range of options, which is constantly being developed – other countries have other options, which hopefully we may catch up with at some point. In order toContinue reading “Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) – which course(s) are right for you?”

Bricks in the stress bucket

MHFA introduced me to the stress bucket. It’s so simple really. That we all have our “buckets” – into which all of the stresses of life flow. And which, if the stress becomes more than our bucket can handle, will overflow – at which point we can start to experience symptoms of mental ill health.Continue reading “Bricks in the stress bucket”

Are we getting enough sleep?

I’ve just read this fascinating book about sleep. You may remember that my own issues with depression are massively tied up with sleep (lack, or excess thereof), and that I’ve been trying some new tricks to conquer my sleep demons. However, all of that is working on that assumption that we need around 8hrs aContinue reading “Are we getting enough sleep?”

Mood monitoring – up and down and up again…

For those of us with depression or anxiety issues, an important part of managing our condition is recognising how we are feeling, and trying to understand what has contributed to us feeling that way. Many of us might feel there are cycles, or patterns to our shifting moodscape – either time based, or perhaps inContinue reading “Mood monitoring – up and down and up again…”

Roly poly roller coaster of doom

Aye sheesh kebabs. It’s been a funny couple of weeks. Month. I have being honing my mood swing skills something chronic. Funny how the slightest thing sends me spinning into a spiral of despair. Take my last post for example. You may notice it’s been a while. And to be honest. I’m not that happyContinue reading “Roly poly roller coaster of doom”

A rose by any other name – Diagnoses and Labels

During the last couple of Mental Health First Aid Courses I have done, the subject of diagnoses and labels has come up several times in one way or another. Different angles on the same topic perhaps: – Do we clinicise what used to be normal human emotions? – Do people cling to / identify withContinue reading “A rose by any other name – Diagnoses and Labels”

Death and Statistics

They’re quite effective, I think – those “kill your speed, not a child”, or “don’t drink and drive” adverts we see on our televisions each year. Especially around Christmas, when there is a little too much festive spirit in our veins, and a stark reminder of how suddenly our loved ones can be snatched fromContinue reading “Death and Statistics”