Coping From Noose to Ring – My Journey from Death to Love

From Noose to Ring – My Journey from Death to Love

Death haunts all our lives. It is the pervasive truth that stalks us through life: One day, we will die. There was a period where I wished that time to come sooner rather than later. As soon as the age of 14. In a period lasting close to five years, I decided to be cremated, …

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Mental Health The Many Forms of Self-Harm

The Many Forms of Self-Harm

TRIGGER WARNING FOR MENTAL HEALTH, SUICIDE AND SELF-HARM When self-harm is mentioned, you likely imagine someone cutting themselves. There are various reasons why someone might harm themselves, and we need to face up to the fact that we all need to do more. But to recognise when someone is hurting themselves can be difficult. There …

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Mental Health Young Men Also Have Real Problems

Young Men Also Have Real Problems

Recently I found an article on the New Statesman website about the writer and psychologist, Jordan Peterson. Now putting aside the grotesquely shoddy nature of the hit piece and the fact that I have only recently become acquainted with Peterson, there was a line that boiled my blood. “But because he’s writing for sad young …

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Anxiety Family is Everything

Family is Everything

Family is strange. We each have one and in almost all media and modern stories spell the moral imperative of defending our family regardless of the opponent and yet the family is complicated. Family raises us and impacts us in ways that no one else can. People compare you to your parents or siblings and …

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LGBT The Tale Of The Gay Stoic

The Tale Of The Gay Stoic

I am gay. I am free. I am in love. The struggle was long, and the fight was hard, but freedom comes to us all in the end if we search for it. For me, it meant dealing with my sexuality, my identity, my anxiety and risk of suicide and my core belief in freedom …

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Coping Are You An Addict?

Are You An Addict?

Are you an addict? I ask you this because a year or so ago, I would have said no. Today, I would answer yes. So what changes and what could you not be realising about yourself? There is a saying: “The truth will set you free.” It could be timeless wisdom or a tired cliché, …

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Mental Health My Month of Mindfulness

My Month of Mindfulness

In January, a friend of mine bought me a gift. A Jar of Mindfulness. The jar came from ProjectBemore.com developed by Sharon Jeffreys. Sharon is a commissioner of mental health and has developed this jar and other products to help folks with their mental health and general wellbeing. Mindfulness is proven to be one way …

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Mental Health My Motivations for Counselling

My Motivations for Counselling

I have been through much in my short life. If you compared me to myself a decade ago, you would see a dramatic difference. That journey has left much damage in its wake. I have depression and anxiety and considered suicide twice. I changed my views on a variety of topics including religion, masculinity, sexuality …

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Anxiety Why I Visualise My Anxiety As A Civil War

Why I Visualise My Anxiety As A Civil War

Winston Churchill suffered from a form of Manic Depression. It affected him throughout his life, and he thought of it as his ‘black dog’. Churchill wrote to his wife, Clementine in 1911, discussing a German doctor who may help him and he said this: “I think this man might be useful to me – if …

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Anxiety How Do I Cope With My Anxiety & Depression?

How Do I Cope With My Anxiety & Depression?

We dramatically misunderstand mental health. Why? Because it is a war within yourself. Physical illness or injuries are for the most part caused by something external, whereas mental illness is internal. Anxiety and depression are traitors trying to push you to the edge and in the extreme circumstances, over into the void. It is a …

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