It’s #TimeToTalk – Some Days Are Hard

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It’s true. Some days are just hard. You know what’s also true? There is hope in tomorrow. So don’t take a bad day and equate it to a bad life. don’t even take a bad run of days and equate it to a bad life. There is hope in tomorrow. Leave the bad of today right where it is and step forward in hope towards tomorrow. I’m not saying that there won’t be other bad days. There will because that’s just how it pans out sometimes, but we need to allow ourselves to hope, because the hope itself makes the day brighter.

If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health then please don’t be afraid to reach out and talk to someone. You are not alone and help is available. By opening up and starting the conversation we can move forward together and look to a mentally healthy future. Below are links to a range of fantastic organisations that can provide information, advice and services.

The Samaritans – http://www.samaritans.org
Mind – http://www.mind.org.uk
Young Minds – http://www.youngminds.org.uk
Papyrus (prevention of young suicide) – https://www.papyrus-uk.org
Rethink Mental Illness – http://www.rethink.org
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention – https://www.afsp.org
Please do not struggle alone.
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It’s #TimeToTalk – Take Care Of You

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We don’t often give ourselves permission to put our own needs first. We should though. How can we possibly expect to be the best version of ourselves if we are neglecting to take care of our own needs? How can we possibly expect to be able to support others to the best of our ability if we have not invested time and energy in making sure we ourselves are cared for, rested, nurtured? It is necessary to be selfish once in a while. It is necessary to put ourselves first occasionally so that we can do a better job of helping others. How can we expect to be happy, to be able to overcome barriers, to be able to cope with change, to be able to be present in our own lives and those of our friends and families, if we do not prioritise our own happiness? We can’t. So be selfish. Take care of YOU.

If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health then please don’t be afraid to reach out and talk to someone. You are not alone and help is available. By opening up and starting the conversation we can move forward together and look to a mentally healthy future. Below are links to a range of fantastic organisations that can provide information, advice and services.

The Samaritans – http://www.samaritans.org
Mind – http://www.mind.org.uk
Young Minds – http://www.youngminds.org.uk
Papyrus (prevention of young suicide) – https://www.papyrus-uk.org
Rethink Mental Illness – http://www.rethink.org
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention – https://www.afsp.org
Please do not struggle alone.
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It’s #TimeToTalk – What Is Normal?

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When we are struggling with mental health it is easy to fall into the trap of wishing to be ‘normal’. Wishing to be like everyone else. Believing that because we struggle we are somehow not normal. Well normal is an illusion. What is ‘normal’ for the spider is chaos for the fly. The ‘normal’ we think we see everyone else enjoying is quite probably not what it seems at all. It’s very possible that the person who’s normal you envy is looking at your in jealousy of your ‘normal’. Don’t get sucked into craving something that doesn’t exist. Life is complicated enough without that.

If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health then please don’t be afraid to reach out and talk to someone. You are not alone and help is available. By opening up and starting the conversation we can move forward together and look to a mentally healthy future. Below are links to a range of fantastic organisations that can provide information, advice and services.

The Samaritans – http://www.samaritans.org
Mind – http://www.mind.org.uk
Young Minds – http://www.youngminds.org.uk
Papyrus (prevention of young suicide) – https://www.papyrus-uk.org
Rethink Mental Illness – http://www.rethink.org
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention – https://www.afsp.org
Please do not struggle alone.
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It’s #TimeToTalk – Focus

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This is vital. This is absolutely vital. This is sometimes also MUCH easier said than done. But this is what we must strive for, always. Focus on the good. Even if the only good you can find is seemingly tiny insignificant things: finding a parking space, having the right change, getting through a traffic light before it changes to red, it didn’t start raining until after you were inside. There will always be something to find and if you can find it and focus on it then it will get easier to see other good things. Pull the tiny good things out and focus on them, force your mind to acknowledge the existence of good, once you know it’s there then you know there is something to strive for.

If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health then please don’t be afraid to reach out and talk to someone. You are not alone and help is available. By opening up and starting the conversation we can move forward together and look to a mentally healthy future. Below are links to a range of fantastic organisations that can provide information, advice and services.

The Samaritans – http://www.samaritans.org
Mind – http://www.mind.org.uk
Young Minds – http://www.youngminds.org.uk
Papyrus (prevention of young suicide) – https://www.papyrus-uk.org
Rethink Mental Illness – http://www.rethink.org
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention – https://www.afsp.org
Please do not struggle alone.
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It’s #TimeToTalk – War

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Too often the issue of mental health is brushed aside. Too often people misunderstand that when suffering with mental illness we cannot just ‘pull ourselves together’ and that we are in fact ‘making an effort’, and a bigger one than could possibly be imagined if you haven’t experienced it. This is why we need to fight back in this war, by starting conversations. If enough people talk about it then the rest won’t be able to convince us the war isn’t happening and we will be one step closer to winning.

If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health then please don’t be afraid to reach out and talk to someone. You are not alone and help is available. By opening up and starting the conversation we can move forward together and look to a mentally healthy future. Below are links to a range of fantastic organisations that can provide information, advice and services.

The Samaritans – http://www.samaritans.org
Mind – http://www.mind.org.uk
Young Minds – http://www.youngminds.org.uk
Papyrus (prevention of young suicide) – https://www.papyrus-uk.org
Rethink Mental Illness – http://www.rethink.org
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention – https://www.afsp.org
Please do not struggle alone.
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It’s #TimeToTalk – Getting Out Of Bed

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Being a person is hard. Getting out of bed is hard. Sometimes when we are struggling with our mental health the thought of getting out of bed seems like the most monumental of tasks, magian to achieve it seems like a minor miracle. So go easy on yourself. And we should definitely be giving each other high fives for managing to get up in the morning.

If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health then please don’t be afraid to reach out and talk to someone. You are not alone and help is available. By opening up and starting the conversation we can move forward together and look to a mentally healthy future. Below are links to a range of fantastic organisations that can provide information, advice and services.

The Samaritans – http://www.samaritans.org
Mind – http://www.mind.org.uk
Young Minds – http://www.youngminds.org.uk
Papyrus (prevention of young suicide) – https://www.papyrus-uk.org
Rethink Mental Illness – http://www.rethink.org
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention – https://www.afsp.org
Please do not struggle alone.
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It’s #TimeToTalk – You Are Terribly Real

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This world can be terribly false and so much of that is because of fear. Fear of being real, fear that the people we actually are are somehow lacking or not good enough. This is why we so often find ourselves in pain. Afraid to say “I am not perfect. This is who I am. I am flawed.” we pretend and pretend until we are blue in the face. Somethings who we are is hurting. Sometimes who we are struggles to get up in the morning or to find the good in the world. And we are so very afraid of admitting this we cause ourselves much more pain. Trying to pretend everything is ‘fine’. Trying to keep our masks straight so no-one sees our tears or our worries or our insecurities. It’s time to put the masks down. It’s time to recognise that life can be hard, sometimes for no obvious reason. Sometimes we just feel rubbish. And that’s ok. Really it is.

It’s time we were free to be REAL, both in our pain and in our happiness.

If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health then please don’t be afraid to reach out and talk to someone. You are not alone and help is available. By opening up and starting the conversation we can move forward together and look to a mentally healthy future. Below are links to a range of fantastic organisations that can provide information, advice and services.

The Samaritans – http://www.samaritans.org
Mind – http://www.mind.org.uk
Young Minds – http://www.youngminds.org.uk
Papyrus (prevention of young suicide) – https://www.papyrus-uk.org
Rethink Mental Illness – http://www.rethink.org
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention – https://www.afsp.org
Please do not struggle alone.
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It’s #TimeToTalk – Some Conversations are Scary

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Some conversations are scary but ones about mental health shouldn’t be. Mental health affects us all and we need to reach out to each other in openness, honesty and a spirit of humanity to end discrimination and stigma around mental health and mental illness. Take 5 today and start the conversation.

 

If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health then please don’t be afraid to reach out and talk to someone. You are not alone and help is available. By opening up and starting the conversation we can move forward together and look to a mentally healthy future. Below are links to a range of fantastic organisations that can provide information, advice and services.

The Samaritans – http://www.samaritans.org
Mind – http://www.mind.org.uk
Young Minds – http://www.youngminds.org.uk
Papyrus (prevention of young suicide) – https://www.papyrus-uk.org
Rethink Mental Illness – http://www.rethink.org
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention – https://www.afsp.org
Please do not struggle alone.
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