Anxiety The Dublin Dispatches – Day One

The Dublin Dispatches – Day One

When I wrote this first dispatch, I sat in Hard Rock Café in Dublin, waiting for my chicken and mojito. It was delicious, although the Mojito could have been stronger. It was six hours after I stepped out of my front door to begin my Dublin holiday. The trip to Manchester Airport was uneventful. My …

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Democracy & Politics I Took The Privilege Walk

I Took The Privilege Walk

I watched a recent episode of Degrassi New Class on Netflix, where my favourite character, Miles Hollingsworth III was offered the chance to attend the London Writers Academy on a diversity placement because of his bisexuality. Miles doesn’t like the idea of being accepted because of his apparent diversity and wants to be accepted on …

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Coping You Don’t Know What A Person Is Thinking

You Don’t Know What A Person Is Thinking

When someone commits suicide such as someone famous, you hear a lot of people say that it doesn’t matter how good someone’s life might appear, you don’t know what’s happening inside their mind. It’s true, you don’t know but you can find out. There is a high chance someone in your life will at some …

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Depression What I Learnt From My Depression: Suicide Is Not Selfish

What I Learnt From My Depression: Suicide Is Not Selfish

My suicide would be selfish. I don’t give a fuck what you say. If I committed suicide, I am a selfish bastard. People don’t like you saying that because it hurts people’s feelings. Guess what? Suicide, the choice to end your own life because you are drastically struggling with the problems of life hurts those …

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Depression Death Knocks Weekly

Death Knocks Weekly

“You could leave life right now. Let that determine what you do and say and think” These are the words of Marcus Aurelias, the Stoic Emperor of the Roman Empire. The words sit on the back of a coin I own from The Daily Stoic with the words “Memento Mori” on the opposite side. The …

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Anxiety Writing Is A Gift Of The Mind

Writing Is A Gift Of The Mind

I have depression. I have anxiety. I have casual suicidal intent. All these things are true and I profess these truths through the medium of writing. First through my scratching of pen on paper followed by the tapping of keys onto the screen. Just as I have done many times before. I have been writing …

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Mental Health Pictures Matter As Does Context

Pictures Matter As Does Context

Recently I was lying on my bed. From recollection, I was simply pondering my life course as I have done often in recent weeks. When I ponder, I fiddle and fidget. As I type this I am spinning a pen around my fingers. Next to my bed, sits a blue and white chest of drawers …

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Anxiety You Have Only Have One Life: Do Not Live With Regrets

You Have Only Have One Life: Do Not Live With Regrets

Terrorism puts life in perspective. In June, I will hit a quarter century and I still live in my home city of Preston in my parent’s house in my same bedroom. I lived away for three years at university in Liverpool. But when those three years were up, I moved back to Preston to do …

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Anxiety Let’s Talk Suicide – Meet The Biggest Killer Of Young Men

Let’s Talk Suicide – Meet The Biggest Killer Of Young Men

This past week was Mental Health Awareness Week, where we try and highlight the threat mental health issues pose to each and every one of us. It affects the majority of us at one point in our lives at least. These issues are reportedly more common with women than with men, possibly because women are …

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Coping I Went Back To The Doctors

I Went Back To The Doctors

Last year I wrote a blog about how two years I went to the doctors about my anxiety and depression and was basically shooed away because the doctor couldn’t deal with it. It put me off seeking medical help again, which when you have an unseen illness that is surrounded by stigma and misunderstanding, isn’t …

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