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 People

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]

Getting Motivated When You Are Suffering From Depression

I have written on many occasions about how I have suffered from depression during my life. Although I now feel good about myself, it doesn’t mean that I am not very aware that depression can take control of your life without warning. If you have never suffered from depression I guess it can be very difficult to understand how much of a disability it can be. It leaves you with no energy and feeling not very motivated to do anything in life. It’s not a case of simply pulling yourself together and getting your act together. It’s deeper and much… [Read More]

Depression And When To Seek Out A Psychiatrist

Since my teenage years I have suffered from depression. There have, over the years been good times, but they have been intermingled with bouts of very severe depression that have lasted at times for years. Although you have some good times throughout your life, depression is not something that ever leaves you. It will lurk in those dark spaces of your mind that you don’t want to visit, or at least it was not the place I wanted to live my life. For many years I initially thought that all I suffered from was just feeling down in the dumps… [Read More]

Guest Post From Lewis Brown Who Writes Adventure Brown

First up in my guest posts this week is Lewis who writes the brilliant Adventure Brown Blog. Lewis is easily one of my favourite dad bloggers. This post is brutally honest about how he has suffered from depression, and in particular when he found out his partner was pregnant with their first child. It’s a rollercoaster of a post that will send you on an emotional journey. It truly is a must read. Thank you to Lewis for guest posting for me. I Have Depression Am I A Bad Dad depression As soon as I found out that my other… [Read More]