• The Collector

    He is my favourite hiding place,I stash my fears there,in the lining of his heart. He keeps them in pockets, turns them over in his hands,running a thumb in circles,over their surface,'til they're smooth, transformed,and returned to me:smaller, simpler, and rounded. He does this seamlessly,calmly.  They come back not quite so heavy. He will be a wise old man,  

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    hope,
    anxiety,
    support,
    fear,
    love
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  • Supportive

    The people that I do rely on the most is my friends and family. They have been there for me through thick and thin. They are always there encouraging me on. Being my cheerleaders on the sidelines. I am so thankful to have such great family and friends.

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    peer support,
    support,
    family
  • STEPS TO FREEDOM

    STEPS TO FREEDOM I'm at the stage in my recovery where I feel ready to look at stepping out into the big bad world on my own. I'm not comfortable with it but I'm willing to give it a try. I've been isolated in my home for a number of years, progressing to being able to go outside with my family, but never on my own - until now. Its been really difficult to face ...

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    hope,
    support,
    Recovery
  • Grateful

    I had a dream that I was really suicidal and self harming and my support worker was trying to help me. He ran after me when I went to try and kill myself and he asked nurses and doctors to help but they all said 'tell her to pray.' Even when his shift had ended he was there for me. He was the only one who cared. I had this dream after having a review ...

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    support,
    recovery journey,
    dream,
    grateful
  • My poem saved my life :)

    Last week, the upsetting news of well known actors death shocked millions. It has brought about awareness on how depression can be hidden behind even the happiest of smiles. I am one of those people who hid behind her smile for many years and I would love to share my story with you. I am the girl next door. The girl that smiles as you pass her by in the street. The best friend who ...

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    depression,
    mental health,
    support,
    taking control,
    self-help
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  • How to help a loved one through their depression

    Talking to depressed people can be really depressing! They can be so negative. They can bat away helpful suggestions or complements or comforting words and be so dismissive when you try to help them. But one the most important things to remember? They don't expect you to solve it all or cure them. They don't always need you to come up with a solution. If the solution was that simple they would likely have figured ...

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    depression,
    support,
    friendship
  • It's Time

    OK so the past 24 hours have been a bit of a whirlwind but a huge step in the right direction for me. After 10+ years of suffering in silence I am now ready to report the childhood abuse that happened to me.......................... and you know whats really strange I actually feel nothing. I haven't cried, regressed, screamed, shouted, etc....... instead I have been cool, calm and collected. I don't know whether this is because ...

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    support,
    feelings,
    families,
    childhood,
    strong