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It’s Okay to Love Yourself Day

You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire Universe, deserve your love and affection.” ~ Gautama Buddha Valentine’s Day is the one day of the year where we overtly show our affections for other people.  But actually, don’t we do that every day? When we check our mobile ‘phones as soon as we wake …

Why does your wellness matter? The benefits of seeking help

The research is showing us that at least one in four people will experience a period of poor mental health in their lifetime.  Whilst there continues to be discussion about what causes poor mental health, there is no doubt that receiving the right help works.  Studies have shown that mindfulness, for example, can improve sleep, reduce …

Wellbeing and Mental Health

It’s okay not to be okay. When I first started working in mental health, (some 10 years ago now), I worked with women experiencing ante-natal depression – depression during pregnancy.  They’d often start by telling me one of the hardest things was telling family and friends they felt depressed.  Usually, the response they got was along …

World Suicide Prevention Day

The number of suicides in England and Wales has hit a fifteen year high, according to the latest figures.  Today is World Suicide Prevention Day.  Here are some websites you may find useful if you, or someone you know, are thinking about taking your own life: The Samaritans You can also call FREE in the UK …

Mindful Living

Two travelling monks reached a river where they met a young woman. Wary of the current, she asked if they could carry her across.  One of the monks hesitated, but the other quickly picked her up onto his shoulders, transported her across the water, and put her down on the other side.  She thanked him …

Meaning and Purpose: Spirituality and Mental Health

There’s a Zen story about a horse which suddenly appeared galloping down the road.  The man riding the horse, looked as if he had somewhere important to go.  Another man, at the side of the road shouted “Where are you going?”, to which the man on the horse replied, “I don’t know!  Ask the horse!” …