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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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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Anxiety I am fundraising for CALM on World Mental Health Day

I am fundraising for CALM on World Mental Health Day

In the summer of 2009, I walked to the foot of Preston’s bus station, stared up at the edge high above me and considered stepping off that edge. I needed to escape my prison of life, trapped inside a tyrannical closet of my creation and shackled to a religion that was slowly killing me. Three …

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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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