14. Running for the Soul

Today's guest blog comes from a dear friend of mine Ali, who publishes Diary of a Detour  As part of my Self Help for Mental Health series,  Ali shares her story about how running and exercise keeps her demons at bay. Let me start this blog by saying that I’m no Paula Radcliffe.  When you see … Continue reading 14. Running for the Soul

The Smiling Fanny Manifesto

I came across The Smiling Fanny Manifesto when reading a novel by Lucy Anne Holmes entitled “Just a Girl, Standing in Front of a Boy".  It’s a lighthearted book but Jenny (Fanny) suffers from depression and her friend Phillipa gives her this list of things to do to keep the black dog at bay. Even if … Continue reading The Smiling Fanny Manifesto

12. Help & Support For Carers & Friends of Mental Illness Sufferers

I have seen mental health problems from both sides. I have lived with mental illness for most of my adult life. I've also seen my mother and friends suffer from it. I know how it is hard on the carers, family and friends of those who have mental health issues. You need to know how … Continue reading 12. Help & Support For Carers & Friends of Mental Illness Sufferers

11. Self Help For Your Mental Health – Meditation, Hypnosis & Relaxation

One key element of recovery, or just existing, is to relax your mind and your body. Of course, this is the hardest thing to do when your mind is either whirring or just dull with pain. Here are a few tips to give you a helping hand. MEDITATION Even when I’m in a good place … Continue reading 11. Self Help For Your Mental Health – Meditation, Hypnosis & Relaxation

8. Self Help For Your Mental Health – Suicide Awareness

"I didn’t so much want to die, I certainly didn't want to kill myself, but I certainly didn’t want to go on living that way. I was existing, not living, in a permanent darkness with no end in sight. And no-one could tell me when I would be well again. I thought it would last … Continue reading 8. Self Help For Your Mental Health – Suicide Awareness

7. How to Deal With Panic Attacks – 8 Self Help Tips

Panic attacks can consist of mental and/or physical symptoms, often hitting at the most inconvenient moments. I've realised now that mine came in situations where I wasn't in total control and I need to have a certain level of control in my life to function well. PHYSICAL SYMPTOMS OF PANIC ATTACKS My physical panic attacks would … Continue reading 7. How to Deal With Panic Attacks – 8 Self Help Tips

6. Self Help For Your Mental Health – Sleep & Duvet Days

Arghhhh Sleep - lack of it, too much or just happening at the wrong time! You’ll probably experience all the above during your illness. Depression is hard work and debilitating. It can leave you with no energy or enthusiasm to do anything. You might not feel capable of getting up. You might wonder what the … Continue reading 6. Self Help For Your Mental Health – Sleep & Duvet Days

5. A Mental Health Diet – Self Help for Your Mental Illness

Any professional help websites or literature will tell you the importance of a healthy diet to aid your recovery from mental illlness. I quite agree, but I also know how hard it can be to eat or how arduous the task of preparing food can be. This post is all about managing a mental health … Continue reading 5. A Mental Health Diet – Self Help for Your Mental Illness

4. Self Help For Your Mental Health – Learn About & Accept Mental Illness

For a very long time, I was frustrated and angry and scared that I had depression. I had many questions that nobody could answer: Why me? What reason did I have to be depressed? When would I get better? What could I do to make it go? Of course, nobody could tell me. I had … Continue reading 4. Self Help For Your Mental Health – Learn About & Accept Mental Illness

3. Medical Help For Your Mental Health

"Before every doctors appointment, I was petrified that this time they would put me in a mental hospital. I wasn’t scared of getting treatment. I was scared of going in and never coming out again!" MAKE A GP APPOINTMENT If you think you might be depressed or suffering from any sort of mental illness, your … Continue reading 3. Medical Help For Your Mental Health