Children in Care

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“Children living in care are more likely to have problems with their mental health than children who aren’t in care, in fact, they are 4 times more likely than their peers to have a mental health difficulty.  And if we don’t help children and young people early enough then these problems can get worse”.  (NSPCC)

Today, an amazing family share their story of fostering… Continue reading

5000 views…?

Day 32 of my 40 (46) Day Blog Challenge. In case you are new here, let me fill you in . I decided to publish a blog around the subject of mental health and wellbeing every day for Lent. Mental health is such an important subject to be speaking about openly, and I wanted to see what would happen if I started this. Very quickly, lots of people decided to join in and write about their own experiences of mental health. It has been such a blessing. And thank you everyone who has participated so far. There are now just 2 weeks left to go.

So now I’d like to challenge you! Continue reading

Gym-timidation!

GYM-1Day 30 of my 40 (46) Day Blog Challenge. I thought I’d blog about my insecurity today, and where better place to start than in the gym…

I started going to the gym this week. A year of not being able to do  much exercise, being middle aged, combined with the close proximity of “naughty street” (a street close to work with lots of bakeries and food outlets), has not been good for the old bulge 😕.  Continue reading

I Overcame Self-Doubt…

Dear+Self+DoubtDay 29 of my 40 Day blog Challenge (I found out today that Lent this year has more than 40 days, it has 46!! So my 40 Day Challenge is actually a 46 Day Challenge!!), who knew?! And if you did, why didn’t you tell me! 😉 This means there is plenty more room for your contributions 🙂

Today we have a lovely story from Susie about overcoming serious self-doubt:

I overcame self-doubt

Seriously, I think that as you grow, people’s perception of you can have a big impact on how you see yourself. As I grew up, surrounded by a family that had very little expectation of me, and not being pushed to do well at school or in any area, I never really had any confidence in myself or my abilities. Continue reading

Forgiveness & Healing…

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Day 28 of my 40 Day Blog Challenge. A friend emailed me and said this might be a good subject.  Speaking from personal experience, this friend said that in their own life, emotional healing from past abuse and trauma began to be more complete, once they had come to a place of forgiveness. In fact, my friend wondered if:

“forgiveness is as close to a panacea as one can get in counselling”? Continue reading

Mental Health & Debt

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Day 27 of my 40 Day Blog Challenge. I wanted to have a think about how mental health can impact on our financial wellbeing, and vice versa. I was looking around and found the following article from Martin Lewis of Moneysavingexpert.com. I think this article serves as a good introduction to the issue; hopefully, this will be something I think about a little more here on the blog before the 40 days is up.

Don’t forget, if you have a story, I’d still love to hear from you. The following is taken straight from Moneysavingexpert.com where you can view the full article and really helpful resource guide here.

A message from Martin

Be under no illusions. Mental health problems can cause severe debt, and severe debt can cause mental health problems. Continue reading

Mother’s Day

mothers-day-banner-2017Day 26 of my 40 Day Blog Challenge. Elizabeth shares some beautiful thoughts this mothers day…

Today is a great day.  Today, I am surrounded by my immediate family and we shall have quality family time.  We shall play together, eat together and have fun together.  We shall also get a bit frustrated and impatient with each other because we are a normal family.

Today, Mother’s Day, hasn’t always been a great day.  It’s been a day I wished didn’t exist because of unfulfilled dreams.  It’s been a day which has made loss in my life all the more apparent.  But for me, it means I get to enjoy and appreciate THIS particular day all the more.

But today, I want to remember and consider all the people for whom today is difficult: for those who have lost their mother’s; for those who have lost their grandmother’s; for those who have never known their mother; for those who’ve longed for years to be a mother and it’s not worked out; for those who want to be with their mother’s and distance separates them; for the mothers who have lost their babies; for those whose mother’s have fallen short and feel let down by them.  I acknowledge that today can be a difficult day.  And I’m thinking of you.  Please don’t feel forgotten.

Resilience: around the world on his bike!

Day 25 of my 40 Day Blog Challenge. If I thought Id’d set myself a challenge doing this blog for 40 days, then Josiah Skeats is a challenge legend! I have been following his blog as he cycles around the world, from the UK toward Australia. As a keen cyclist myself, I know how disheartening it can be when you are  cycling into a bit of a headwind, let alone some of the crazy conditions Josiah has faced. So I figured I’d ask him about resilience, and he has so kindly written the following blog for us on the subject. Please do check out his personal blog, or follow him on Facebook, it is a truly wonderful story.

Resilience

Of the many lessons you learn on a 25,000 kilometre cycling journey around the world, learning to be resilient, and to overcome difficult situations is one of the most valuable. Contrary to what you might imagine, the physical challenge of cycling such a vast distance pales in comparison to the mental challenges. Continue reading

Molehills out of Mountains

Day 24 of my 40 Day Blog Challenge. I’m really thrilled about todays post; Ed shares his story of how his experience of counselling has helped him to foster a more healthy relationship with himself. I still have 16 days left of this challenge and about 13 days still unaccounted for, so please please do let me know if you feel you have something you might like to contribute…

Molehills out of Mountains

‘Please fix me!’ My brain shouted inside my head as I nervously started to talk with the man sitting opposite me. My opening question was ‘have you done this much before?’ His answer was yes! I’m glad it was, this man is Justin and he was to become (and still is) my counsellor.  Continue reading