Can We Recover from Mental Illness?

There is much debate over the causes of mental illness, but equally so when looking at whether it is something that is curable. Science says that it is not curable. However, we can, supposedly, recover from mental health illness, something which cannot be denied since it is the individuals experience that defines this. (Cure =…

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Why You Need More Friends

I was walking my dogs early this morning when my phone battery died. I took this as a sign to think about this week’s blog post, since I couldn’t listen to my usual audible book app.   My mind drifted to the people in my life, acquaintances, and friends. I’ve always been a little hung…

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Why Do You Read a Blog Post?

So, I drew a blank with what to write about this week; mental health stigma, something about my recovery from a spinal cord injury, or any other ‘general stuff’.  Why did I draw a blank? Perhaps because it’s fathers day and I feel a little low. But I started to think, why do people want…

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How to Take Criticism

I feel I have a good grasp on what can be considered ‘constructive feedback’ having recently studied the role of Evaluator with my Toastmaster’s group.  I gave my first evaluation last week for someone’s ‘icebreaker’ speech and was careful to abide by the sandwich technique, giving lots of praise, followed by a few constructive comments on how to…

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Stand Tall !

I posted the picture above on Twitter this week for a hashtag post with the word #stand. I thought it summed up a very good example of the word and on such a significant occasion.  This got me drifting back to the time it happened in 2019 and remembering not only how difficult it was,…

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What is Happiness?

  My father once told me that ‘money cannot buy happiness,’ and I used to think, “easy for you to say – when you have a heck of a lot of it!” But then, after deeper discussion, he further explained how he believed happiness is in the journey to riches, not the result of living…

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Depression is a Bully

The truth of the matter is depression is a bully! A big, fat, cheating, loathsome menace, that only you can beat  when armed with awareness and mindset. I know this because I have experienced it; I had postnatal depression, as well as other dark bouts of depression up until my forties. I was lucky enough…

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How To Make 2022 Your Best Year!

Many people’s social media posts over the last week, have words to the effect of – ‘goodbye shitty 2021′, or ‘let’s hope 2022 will bring better things!’  You only need to scroll down Facebook to see dozens of these types of posts. But then, if you go back and check the year-end posts of 2020,…

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Live, Love, Learn

Which is your favourite ‘L’ from the list in the title? I couldn’t decide between them, so I based my talk on all three at my Toastmaster’s meeting last week. It was a lot to cram in to just 7 minutes – but I succeeded. I opened my “icebreaker” speech by explaining how I played…

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Invisible Disability

Spinal Update So, this week’s topic is a little about spinal cord injury again, since I experienced a recent breakthrough, which I am still celebrating!  For those who may not know, I suffered a fracture to my T12 vertebra in 2019, along with ‘incomplete’ spinal cord damage. Now, you may have noticed, that my blogs…

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