• World Suicide Prevention Day

    When asked, ‘how are you?’ how many of us simply reply ‘I’m OK’, even though we may not be. We all have highs and lows but, unfortunately for some, the lows are more constant and more extreme. I can’t imagine what it must be like if that’s your default response, yet feeling low was a more regular state of mind and there’s no one you can rely on for support. In recent years it seems suicide has touched my family and friends in one way or another, and as a mental health advocate it saddens me that people feel that there is no way out, that suicide is the only…

  • Mental Health Awareness Week 18-24 May 2020

    Awareness weeks are great for focusing more attention on mental health, but my hope would be that we all have more focus on everyone’s mental health, including our own every day. Speaking from a personal point of view I know how difficult it can be to open up to some people, for fear of being judged, so I just can’t imagine if this was the case if you had no one to trust. I thought this piece by James was especially relevant at the moment, with so many people feeling the side effects of isolation. Perhaps even the people you have in your life that you thought were tough aren’t…