Things to Avoid Saying to People With Mental Health Problems

Recovery from a mental health condition is a complex and difficult journey that can be a full time endeavour. It’s not a a linear process; but full of blips and struggles as well as triumph and success. Recovery can be hard enough without unhelpful (even if well meaning) comments or conversations. Here is a collection of the types of things people in recovery wish you wouldn’t say to them! This list was compiled initially thinking about recovery from an eating disorder, but a lot of the comments apply to other conditions as well. Aren’t you better now?- Recovery isn’t a simple process with a clear beginning, middle and end. Unfortunately a course of therapy doesn’t mean you’re fixed and it c

”Don’t be ashamed to go and get help. If you don’t get it at first, be persistent.”

Today Abi launched her #SpeakUpSYM blog page. The main focus of her blog is to publish interviews with local individuals about their experiences with changes to their mental health & how they managed this. Abi's first article is an interview with Christopher, please read & share, it's an honest account which will give hope to others going through the same experience. Christopher is 18 years old. For almost four years, he’s dealt with periods of depression and insomnia, and is willing to share his story and experience of the counselling system Healthy Minds, Healthy Futures (formerly known as CLD) with me. At what age did you begin to experience changes to your mental health and what did they

Here’s to Those of Us Who Aren’t Graduating This Week

It’s graduation season. Facebook knows it, Instagram knows it; it feels like everyone in the world is graduating. If you can count yourself among that number, then all I have to say is this: congratulations. I have so much respect and admiration for anyone who completes uni, whatever their degree class. It’s really not an easy thing to do, and it’s so lovely to see people smiling next to their proud family members and friends. I know people that have completed uni despite really difficult life circumstances, and I think that it’s phenomenal to have achieved so much, and they should be incredibly proud. I also know quite a few people who should have finished university this year, but they’re

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