Making a difference – MHFA at Leeds Mencap

It dawned on me with some surprise that I’ve been an MHFA trainer for over two years now – I’ve run around 18 courses I think, in Leeds, London, Burnley. I’ve had three different co-trainers, and also run some sessions alone.  Varying sized groups, each one different and with its own unique discussions and lessonsContinue reading “Making a difference – MHFA at Leeds Mencap”

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”

Mental Health First Aid Training – Hebden Bridge – September 2015 – Cancelled

*** Update*** Unfortunately I have had to cancel this course due to low interest – I will be arranging something else in the Calderdale area in the future so please get in touch if you are interested. I am pleased to announce an MHFA training course later this year in my home town of HebdenContinue reading “Mental Health First Aid Training – Hebden Bridge – September 2015 – Cancelled”

Hebden Bridge WI

  Back in March I gave a talk on Mental Health and Mindfulness to my local Women’s Institute – which was daunting but rewarding. I’ve been a member of Hebden Bridge WI for a few years, and it has contributed greatly to my Wellbeing in that time. It has helped me to get to know peopleContinue reading “Hebden Bridge WI”

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…”

To say it’s The Sun, it’s not very bright.

Of course it can’t be merely coincidental. That only a week or two after the Almighty twitter storm that brewed up over Asda, tesco and amazon stocking Halloween costumes with insensitive, stigmatising names, The Sun decides to run a front page proclaiming “1200 killed by mental patients“. Ok. Maybe it’s progress. A few years agoContinue reading “To say it’s The Sun, it’s not very bright.”

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”

Help for Line Managers

MHFA England have released an updated version of the Line Manager’s resource, originally developed by Shift – the Department of Health‘s campaign against stigma and discrimination relating to mental ill health. This is a great resource and one I would recommend for everyone to have a read of – especially if you manage staff, orContinue reading “Help for Line Managers”