Burn Out – A real issue or a sham?

Burn Out – A real issue or a sham?

Do you often feel exhausted at work or feel so tired that you are unable to keep going at your job. Do you think it is possible that you may be experiencing “Burnt Out”? It’s not so ridiculous a suggestion as it might first seem. Many people in stressful forms of employment are at risk of this experience and it is important that this is recognised. There is much at stake for everyone in the work environment when it comes to “Burn Out”. 

Depression, families and friends: some useful things to know.

Depression, families and friends: some useful things to know.

At this moment every family in our land has at least one member with a mental health problem. Think of this, right now, someone you love is experiencing mental distress and he or she may be ill! So how should families and friends respond when confronted with this...
Shake it Off

Shake it Off

Many of us who look in the mirror don’t like what looks back at us. We moan we have too many wrinkles, too many grey hairs, we are too short or too tall, the list goes on and on. We are often highly critical of ourselves both physically and mentally. Instead of being...
Still Just Me – Mental Health Stigma

Still Just Me – Mental Health Stigma

Stigma is a double-headed beast, existing in two forms as public and self-stigma. Engagement with negative attitudes (prejudice) and/or adverse behaviour (discrimination) is known as public stigma. Self-stigma is how the individual sees their own mental health from a...
What is psychosis, what are the stages and who is at risk?

What is psychosis, what are the stages and who is at risk?

Understanding the misunderstood Psychosis is a condition of fear. For some it starts with a feeling of sensory overload. For others, the mind becomes an unsafe place where everyday worries become plausible fears. Getting the best help available for a loved one often...
Mental health needs and work – what are your rights?

Mental health needs and work – what are your rights?

I’m taking today and tomorrow to focus on my mental health. Hopefully I’ll be back next week refreshed and back to 100% Madalyn Parker So wrote Madalyn Parker, a web developer in America, in a work email to colleagues in June. Her email, and her boss’s positive...
There is life after addiction – even if it is tough at times!

There is life after addiction – even if it is tough at times!

“Go on have the one it won’t hurt you.” “God you are so boring.” “Will I throw in a vodka into that diet coke when no one is looking?” This is mild compared to some of the so called ‘banter’ that an addict has to put up with. The...
13 Reasons for Reflection

13 Reasons for Reflection

Upon recommendation from a number of people, I eventually got to watch the much talked about Netflix series 13 Reasons Why. My apologies for being a little late to this discussion, but as a father of 3 small children, finding time to binge-watch a Netflix series over...
Does having depression increase the risk of stigmatisation?

Does having depression increase the risk of stigmatisation?

Depression is a common mental health disorder affecting as many as 350 million people worldwide at any one time according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). Depression is a mood disorder often referred to as major depressive disorder or clinical depression. It is...
Depression – Misunderstood

Depression – Misunderstood

What’s in a word? How many times have we heard the words “It’s so depressing” or “I am depressed”? What does it really mean and in saying these words are we talking about an experience that is perhaps fleetingly negative? The words depression and depressive illness...
10 ways to get through Blue Monday and beyond

10 ways to get through Blue Monday and beyond

After the buzz and good cheer of the festive season, January can feel like one long and exhausting slog. Researchers have dubbed January 16th as ‘Blue Monday’ or the most depressing day of the year. It’s dark and cold outside, summer is nowhere in sight, morale is at...
6 tips for coping with SAD

6 tips for coping with SAD

Have you ever noticed that as the days get shorter, so does your mood. Your energy dips and you become irritable. You could be living with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). SAD is a form of depression related to changes in the seasons. For most people SAD emerges...
Stop Male Suicide

Stop Male Suicide

“Hoping men will become more like women is costing us the lives of our fathers, brothers, sons, uncles and nephews.” This year the theme for International Men’s Day is Stop Male Suicide. On average one person dies by suicide every 40 seconds somewhere in the world,...