6 months in – mental health and the pandemic

I keep hearing people talk about the mental health impact of the pandemic. But as with seemingly everything else in life, people are polarised about it. There are the people who think the impact of lockdown is too great, the separation and financial concern too unbearable – and there are those whose anxiety is skyrocketingContinue reading “6 months in – mental health and the pandemic”

Nothing is Normal. Everything is Normal.

Every conversation I am having is starting with something on the lines of “isn’t everything very strange”. Many of us, across the world, find our world has been turned upside down. Lockdown. Social Distancing. Isolation. Those of us who are having to continue working, continue going out there (sometimes to the most hazardous situations –Continue reading “Nothing is Normal. Everything is Normal.”

IAPT and Guided Self Help

As a Mental Health First Aid Instructor, I train people to support people with mental health difficulties in a variety of ways, one of which being to “Encourage (them) to seek appropriate professional help”. With 70% of people who die by suicide┬ánot having been in contact with mental health services in the year before deathContinue reading “IAPT and Guided Self Help”

Jagged Little Pill

There’s a box downstairs full of pills. Having been assured that my leg is not broken (I will trust her, I will trust her, I will…) and discussed the continual waves of anxiety that has been brought on by each possibility of a physical ailment, my doctor and I talked options. I have two leafletsContinue reading “Jagged Little Pill”

Down to earth with a bump

Life is full of little surprises. Banana skins. Obstacles. Back at work we would groan each time a manager told us how exciting the “challenges ahead” were. Usually of course meaning more work, less staff or money. Such is life. But we try our best to plan, to avoid unnecessary problems, give ourselves the bestContinue reading “Down to earth with a bump”