Same S*** Different Day: Supporting Someone with Depression

Mental health media constantly tells those with illness to talk with someone. Firstly, that is easier said than done. But secondly, if you are going to support someone with depression, and be there to listen, be prepared for the following. 1. Self Centred Tendencies Most of what gets us into dark holes are centred around […]

I’m always here for you: Supporting Someone with Depression

If you’re going to say someone with depression “I’m always here for you” then you’d better mean it. And you’d better mean all of it. You’d better mean the words “always here“. Not that you’ll be there every passing minute of every single day – we understand that you have a life to live as […]

Stand on your own two phantom feet

Two weeks after her 41st birthday, Sue Cook’s life changed for ever. She was on a pheasant shoot when she was injured in a freak accident. A woman standing near her failed to unload the unused cartridges in her gun. As she put it away, both barrels went off. ‘I looked down and stared at […]

Dead to Me

“You’re dead to me.” A saying we use to dismiss someone when you’re annoyed, angry or pissed at someone at a level that you never want to see them again. The hardest thing is having to say this about someone who you like, someone who means something to you, someone who you still consider a […]

Depression: When You Understand

I used to think suicide was a way to get attention. I’d threaten it to get someone, anyone, to notice me; to take me seriously. Then I experienced it. A mate I’d spent time growing up with hung himself. His funeral still leaves an emotional scar on my heart; hundreds of young folk with an […]

Is Facebook making us Lonely?

Here’s a little video I found when I was searching to find if other people were experiencing the same kind of misnomer as I was, where I felt left out, alone, rejected, and struggling to fit in, even in an environment where I could be who I wanted and put a smile in front of […]

My Fight With Depression

In November 2012 I knew there was a problem. I couldn’t focus like I used to. I lost all sense of time. I couldn’t order things into priorities. I couldn’t see past one thing at a time. And as a Teacher, this limited my abilities in my workplace incredibly. By December I was almost flat […]