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Monday Mojo – Start a Conversation

How are you?  And by that, I mean how are you really? It’s a crucially important question, and one I deeply believe in. Because, you see, when people just ask us how we are, we usually say “I’m fine”. But we’re not always fine are we? And sometimes, we feel like we’re burdening people, if we say what’s on our minds. …

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 …

Domestic Abuse: The darkness behind the smile

Jenny was 33 when she met James. She had been on her own for about six months when they started seeing each other and she had enjoyed the single life.  They’d met through someone at work and at first would just meet for a coffee.  She remembers how he made her laugh, although looking back …

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!” …

Mental Health in Pregnancy

Poor Mental Health in pregnancy affects at least one in three women. Many people have heard about post-natal depression, but there is another mental health concern which recent research suggests now affects as many as one in three pregnant women.  When I first set up my dedicated resource for depression in pregnancy in 2004, the figure was thought to be …