• Turning a Tide of Tears

    Turning a Tide of Tears - a personal perspective on living with Bi-Polar Bi-Polar does not define me but it does impact heavily on me as an individual, in my family and in my dealings with everyday life. It’s part of the great family of taboos that come under the heading of ‘Mental Health’ problems. We are not comfortable talking about these issues and often try to keep them hidden as some sort of guilty ...

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    Tags:
    hope,
    compassion,
    recovery,
    bipolar
  • My Mental Wealth

    My Mental Wealth Story While working in a stressful job as senior manager in NHS, I became depressed and suicidal, lonely and despairing. Something had to change...and it did. I had a break-down or, as I later called it,- a break-through. I went through a process, lifestyle changes, prescriptions and various therapeutic activities that helped me to get my mental wealth back. My mental wealth includes: friendships and time with friends; meditation, both mindfulness and ...

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    Tags:
    metta,
    depression,
    mindfulness,
    despair,
    stress
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  • Depression: A Purge

    Depression: A purge Three words I have come to dread, more than any that could be said 'How are you?': and queries to that effect, I turn my head and look away and change the subject. See I would rather be in bed and I would rather not have raised my hand to brush my teeth today. I would rather have not have dressed myself and I haven't looked in the mirror for days. I ...

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    Tags:
    depression,
    inner child,
    Recovery,
    kindness,
    NHS
  • The Stranger

    I saw her there, sheltered under the tree, hunched over and twisted like the gnarled tree trunk; shoulders shaking like the leaves, shimmering and waving in an Autumn breeze. I felt compelled to approach the vulnerable woman so small was she that I felt she must surely need some help. As I got closer I saw a heavy, wet tear roll off her cheek and onto the ground, a miniature lake no bigger than a ...

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    Tags:
    compassion,
    reflection,
    helping,
    nurturing,
    protecting