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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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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Happy Women’s Day! (?)

Happy Women’s Day! (?) In 2016, the Nigerian novelist and writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie published a feminist manifesto in fifteen suggestions. She published this manifesto in a letter to her friend Ijeawele, who had just given birth to her first child. Ijeawele was curious: How would she raise her daughter to be a feminist, and […]

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Maybe he doesn’t hit you

Abuse does not only have physical consequences. Psychologically, it increases the risk of mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, suicidality and PTSD. Emotionally, the negative effects on feelings of self-worth, self-esteem, and self-confidence can be profound, lingering with the survivor for years and shattering how they see themselves and the world. Abuse, especially in […]

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