The beauty of genuine connection

How do we connect with others when they are struggling? Here’s an article with some helpful advice on how to connect with someone who is depressed: Here’s how you can connect to friends who are depressed To me, this quote from the article summarises how connection can be achieved: “Talk to a depressed person as […]

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You’ve got to nourish to flourish

It’s World Mental Health Day! Nourish yourself: Socially, by building meaningful connections and fostering healthy relationships;  Intellectually, by challenging your mind; Spiritually, by defining your purpose and finding meaning in life events; Physically, by keeping a healthy body through exercise, healthy eating and getting enough sleep; Emotionally, by listening to and attending to your thoughts […]

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The impossible task

It’s pretty easy for us to use Google to look up the symptoms of any one of the mental disorders, but seeing clinical criteria as symptoms on a screen, versus understanding what it can actually feel like to another human being are two different things. The attached article discusses M Molly Backes’ tweet about “The […]

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Myths: busted!

It’s myth-busting Monday! For us to be able to break the stigma that surrounds mental illness and to provide adequate support to those who need it, we need to bust some myths through education. As a start, have a look at these TED-Ed Lessons on Depression, Bipolar Disorder, OCD and Narcissism: 4 TED-Ed lessons about […]

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The expression of empathy

How do we offer real help to someone who is struggling? One way is through expressing empathy. Helpful words and behaviours flow from genuine empathy and can really make someone feel heard, understood and accepted – just as they are, without judgment. We don’t always have to offer solutions to others when they’re going through […]

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