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The Benefits and Considerations of Establishing Peer Support

In 2005, I established a peer support group for pregnant women suffering with stress, depression and anxiety. Back then, it was estimated that around one in 10 pregnant women were suffering with ante-natal depression and other types of poor mental health in pregnancy; I had been one of them (you can read my story here). …

Grief, Loss and COVID-19

Note to the reader: This article is in response to the coronavirus outbreak, and discusses death and dying. It also explores how we may experience grief and loss when no one has died. As the number of deaths continues to rise in the U.K. and around the world, many are facing grief in ways they …

Blue Monday and Why it Matters

Blue Monday is the name given to a day in January (typically the third Monday of the month) which is claimed to be the most depressing day of the year. The concept was first publicised as part of a 2005 press release from holiday company Sky Travel, which claimed to have calculated the date using …

New Year, New You? No need! Forget resolutions, and try this

It’s around this time of year that the “New Year, New You” push starts, and all the malarkey that it’s time for a “better” you is in every corner of your news feed. Honestly, it’s exhausting. People have enough to be dealing with in this day and age, without the impression that they’re not already …

Managing Uncertainty – How to create a “Not-Knowing” Plan

How do you cope with not-knowing? In a world where information is available at our finger tips, there will still be times when an Internet search engine can’t give you the answers you need. If you’ve found yourself in a situation that develops into, or exacerbates, anxiety you’ll understand the difficulty created by uncertainty. Our …

How to help someone you’re worried about

When someone you love is struggling with their mental health, it can be hard to know what to say and do. Sometimes we can feel concerned if our efforts to help someone don’t seem to be working, or frustrated if they say they don’t want or need our help. There are a number of ways …