Sats Exams and Stress: Mental Health Awareness Week

The Sats are in full swing in our seven year twin girls school at the moment, but if you ask them you wouldn’t be any the wiser that they were doing any sort of exam. We asked the question, as you do on the school pick-up, what did you do at school today? During the Sats they would say comprehension or maths and that was it. They didn’t expand beyond that. The reason I think this happened like this is because of the way the school our seven year old twin girls attend have done the Sats. They’ve done it… [Read More]

Being Honest With Yourself Leads To Loving Yourself

During my life I have suffered from depression many times. Sometimes it’s lasted for years. My depression and mental health issues are something that I have learnt to deal with, sometimes successfully, other times not so successfully. Looking back at my life I have come to the conclusion that a lot of mental health problems have arisen and continued to hang around longer than they should have because of my inability to be honest with myself. Unfortunately when you are not honest with yourself it so often results in a bout of depression and despair that makes you feel as… [Read More]

Men Dads Depression PND And Suicide

The single biggest killer of men under the age of 45 in the UK is suicide. That is something that has to be a fundamental flaw in our society. In truth I actually wonder how little we have moved forward in enabling men to talk about problems they may be having in their lives. It’s estimated that around 84 men aged between 20-49 years old commit suicide, and out of all suicides recorded 75% of them will be men. Those by anybody’s standards are shocking. It is a problem that needs solving and solving quickly. How many other people have… [Read More]

Parenting Teenagers It’s Tough At Times

I have been blessed to have five children and there is no doubt about it, I feel privileged that in my lifetime I have become a dad five times. However, getting it right as a dad is incredibly difficult. I think I have bitten my tongue more times than I care to mention and I probably only have half a tongue left nowadays. The big all encompassing question I ask myself is, would I change the way I have raised my daughters and my one son? The most likely answer is no, although in hindsight I may have tweaked it… [Read More]

Keeping On Top Of Your Mental Health Issues With Therapy

If you have suffered from mental health issues for most of your life, which is something I have had to deal with throughout my life, then you may find that keeping your mind healthy is an ongoing situation that quite honestly never goes away. That’s why finding a way forward to lead a positive life is vital. When you suffer from depression or any other mental health issue it has to be managed and controlled. There are a number of ways that this can be done. Sometimes medication is required to help with your depression, but that will only go… [Read More]

My Mental Health: The Stigma Of Mental Health Needs Eradicating For Our Young Peopled

First of all I would like thank Susie over at So Happy In Town. She has inspired this post with her amazing campaign. #itsoktofeelshit. The stigma surrounding mental health has certainly been broken down a lot since I was first diagnosed with depression in my teenage years. Back in those days I was quite simply told to pull myself together and man-up. Oh yes, by the way, here are some anti-depressants to keep you sane or maybe not very sane. Just drugged up and feeling like a zombie. Good to go then, bye. That was the way it was back… [Read More]

Living In A Bursted Bubble

Over the last four years of blogging I have written on many occasions about my life and some of the very difficult experiences that I have encountered. This has been hard to deal with recently, especially as I have got a little older and I would like to say wiser, but sadly that’s probably not the case. I have become a little retrospective about my life and what I have achieved. In fact if I have achieved anything at all? I certainly have not made a difference in the world, but have I made a difference in my world? A… [Read More]

The Importance Of World Mental Health Day October 10th 2018

Being a man that grew up in a society that was basically conditioned and taught that men are strong and must at all costs never show weakness or become emotional, meant that it was almost impossible for me to open up about suffering from depression in my twenties. The stigma that surrounded men and depression of twenty or so ago was truly incredible. Admitting that I was not well and simply wasn’t coping with life, and that I hadn’t coped with life very well since my teenage years was tough. Ok you couldn’t see my illness. It was not like… [Read More]