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The messy side of mental health problems : what the media & campaigns don’t show

I was surprised to find myself largely neutral to the widespread mental health campaigns being run to raise awareness. I’ve seen many of these, encouraging people to talk about mental health and problems like depression and anxiety. Awareness is good, don’t get me wrong. I’ve seen media coverage featuring stories of

‘Fibromylgia and wanting to die’ – World Suicide Prevention Day

It is by complete coincidence that I'm posting this on World Suicide Prevention Day. I drafted this post last week because I was looking at my google analytics, and saw that among the top searches that led to my blog was 'Fibromyalgia and wanting to die.' It's not uncommon that people

Promises that must  be kept

Right now I am thinking about the unconventional therapist who first, offered me her pot of yellow roses, then insisted on her beautiful cactus. "You have to bring them back to me," she said, "you have to promise," and I cannot forget the look in her eyes. Humans. Bizarre, intriguing and beautifully

Never forget – World Suicide Prevention Day

*Warning* this post may contain triggers. It was three years ago but I remember it like it was yesterday. The year I persistently tried to end my life. I always say, it’s strange the things one remembers. I live with fibromyalgia which causes a range of cognitive impairments including problems remembering. I forget

“I want someone normal” he said, “without mental health issues”

A ‘wink’ had come in from a popular dating website. For the uninitiated in online dating, this is an indication of interest from someone. I clicked on the profile and within seconds of reading, found myself perturbed. Dating websites can upset people for all sorts of reasons, but this was the first

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