Tag Archives: Mood

On the darker side of the sparkle

As the build up to Christmas and the New Year reaches a climax it is for many quite easy to buy into the old maxim ‘ ’tis the season to be jolly’. From the early December Christmas party at work … Continue reading

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Go Wild, Stay Well, Run Hard – Dave’s story

Editor’s note: This is the 12th in a series of monthly mental health guest posts, so it is a proper birthday! To celebrate, I was lucky to get Dave Urwin, fundraiser extraordinaire, to slow down long enough to write about … Continue reading

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Social media and the blues

Editor’s note: This is the tenth in a series of monthly mental health guest posts. This month I am really grateful to well-known journalist and author Jane Alexander. Having literally just returned from an inspirational trip to Israel she here writes … Continue reading

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How do we heal ‘mental illness’ – Psychotherapy in action

Editor’s note: This is the ninth in a series of monthly mental health guest posts. This month we have an expert opinion from the wonderful Anna Colgan, a Core Process Psychotherapist & Somatic Experiencing (SE) Practitioner.  Anna was trained at … Continue reading

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Singing your own song….

You’re dreaming. Someone has asked you, a complete novice,  to sing at a festival in front of thousands of people. Live, with a band. What song would you choose to sing in public? (given the necessary vocal talent of course). … Continue reading

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On finding real truth, peace and reconciling ourselves to the future

It is Good Friday. I once again maintained a Furneaux family tradition quite alone by eating far too many Hot Cross Buns. I am anticipating chocolate eggs on Sunday and looked forward to having the family around me for a … Continue reading

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The high cost of learning: valuing a study of our past

I don’t know about you, dear reader, but I occasionally feel the urge to have a really good rant. These explosions of fury are usually of no practical use, but occasionally they can be incredibly productive. I had one on … Continue reading

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A footballer’s despair: why we must stop singing ‘Boys Don’t Cry’

Editors note: This is the sixth in a monthly series of guest posts on the subject of mental health.  Award-winning writer and blogger Tim Atkinson is a stay-at-home dad. It is a role he loves and which he combines with … Continue reading

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The reason ‘why?’: a first hand experience of depression – Rin’s story

Editors note: This is the fifth in a monthly series of guest posts on the subject of mental health. Rin Simpson is a Bristol-based writer of fact and fiction. As a journalist she specializes in crafts, home interiors and lifestyle … Continue reading

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Chris’s story – Depression sours like vinegar, but ‘I’m Fine’…..

Editors note: This is the fourth in a monthly series of guest posts on the subject of mental health. For January 2011 Chris Rugg has felt able to share his experiences. These brave words were first published on Chris’s own … Continue reading

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