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Men and Mental Health

Men and Mental Health

In an article I read it stated ‘every two hours a man under the age of 45 takes their own life’  . The reality looks as though it may be here to stay for a while. A worrying thought for all of us concerned and […]

Who Is In Charge?

Who Is In Charge?

A thought occurred to me before when looking at a magazine. Who is in charge of us? For all the goings on in our lives, what makes us take the decisions we do? The effect our decisions impact on our mental health can be massive. […]

Have a look around you…

Have a look around you…

“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.” ― C.S. Lewis

22nd April – 28th April

22nd April – 28th April

Introduction There has not been a lot of activity in this section recently and with good reason. Thinking about the next stage of my life, I thought it best to write a diary to reflect what is happening during this period. So, the analogy is, […]

Is It Good Enough For Me?

Is It Good Enough For Me?

“We accept the love we think we deserve.” ― Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Depression – The Black Dog and Silent Killer

Depression – The Black Dog and Silent Killer

Tyler Joseph, the lead singer from the brilliant group, Twenty One Pilots, openly talks about the meaning of some of the lyrics they write. Having looked at them, and also the videos, I can certainly relate to what they present.

It’s Your Life

It’s Your Life

“The trouble is if you don’t spend your life yourself, other people spend it for you.” ― Peter Shaffer, Five Finger Exercise

Mental Health and Christmas

Mental Health and Christmas

Hi Everyone, I am looking for some help if you have the time? As part of my journey and one of the main problems we, as men, can face, is the thought of Christmas. I am hoping to write a book in relation to this […]

The Difficult Person

The Difficult Person

“I’m selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.” ― Marilyn Monroe

The Future Is In Our Hands

The Future Is In Our Hands

“The past is a place of reference, not a place of residence; the past is a place of learning, not a place of living.” ― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

What Is Therapeutic?

What Is Therapeutic?

The dread of springtime is upon me for one thing….gardening. I don’t know what it is but it stares at me with its imposing presence, commanding me it needs to be tendered to. I am not sure where this comes from as when a child, […]

Trauma

Trauma

The movement of the crowd turned us around so that we were facing the opposite way whilst carried forward towards the pitch. In addition, blood-curdling sounds of what seemed to bone breaking with cries of pain coming from exhausted mouths. Although managing to be turned around, we faced the tunnel exit and I am sure to this day that my friend was unaware of what I thought I had experienced.

Look After Yourself

Look After Yourself

According to the Health and Safety Executive, over half a million people in the UK suffer from burnout and stress due to their type of work. People in healthcare are among the main sufferers, and why would we think it is OK for companies to […]

Compassion is something we can forget…

Compassion is something we can forget…

“Tears shed for another person are not a sign of weakness. They are a sign of a pure heart.” ― José N. Harris, MI VIDA: A Story of Faith, Hope and Love

A Life of Two Halves

A Life of Two Halves

Trying something new is a challenge for anyone. Starting something new is a totally different ball game. Especially when you are a man of a certain age – well 48 to be exact! I decided a while ago that I needed to change the way […]

Alcohol and kids…

Alcohol and kids…

Should I avoid drinking in front of my children? Not really something I thought when SJ was growing up. It’s only recently where I’ve stopped drinking and realised how much of an arse I was. An article in the Guardian covers this delicate topic.  

05 April 2019

05 April 2019

A few things have happened since the last diary entry. The new direction my life is taking is underway slowly. As from the 1st of April, I wanted to start to change the way I approach it. Closing in on my 49th birthday in July, […]

Do you exist or live?

Do you exist or live?

“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.” ― Oscar Wilde

How Should I Talk To My Son?

How Should I Talk To My Son?

Being a parent is difficult enough but trying to bring them up is more so. In my experience anyway. SJ by default is not naturally a talkative child with me, nor anyone else for that matter. I don’t know whether it is because he finds […]

Under-18s with mental health issues to be asked about their social media use

Under-18s with mental health issues to be asked about their social media use

Under-18s with mental health issues to be asked about their social media use. How does this affect our children growing up in an environment that focusses on the haves, rather than the have nots – or the wants over the needs??