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]

Domestic Abuse: Finally Society is Beginning To Accept Men Suffer Too

When we hear the phrases, domestic abuse or domestic violence, we naturally think that it is the female in the relationship that is being abused, and to some extent I can understand this. I mean after all, of all the cases of domestic violence or abuse that are reported to authorities, two thirds of them are women. This means that over a third are men, and in truth that is just the tip of the iceberg. That’s for the simple reason that men are unwilling to report domestic abuse/violence to the police, and they’re unlikely to seek help when they… [Read More]

Did Instagram Contribute To A 14 Year Old Taking Her Own Life?

Last week there was numerous newspaper articles and television stories about a father who is convinced that Instagram contributed to his 14 year old daughter taking her own life. This is because of the content that is readily available on Instagram concerning self harm and suicide. She was apparently viewing this very easily on the Instagram platform. I’m not quite sure why this particular story has resonated with me so much, but it has. It’s mostly likely because as a father of five children, and quite frankly even the thought of one of them taking their own lives, well it’s… [Read More]

Old Age Doesn’t Come Alone

My mum is now in her twilight years and with old age life changes dramatically. One of the biggest changes is mobility, and generally being unsteady on their feet. I know this better than most. As my mum has got older this is what has happened to her. So what was once easy and possible for mum to carry out everyday tasks that we all do without a thought, will become a thing of the past because mobility is an issue and being generally unsteady on her feet. One thing that has become a major issue in her later years… [Read More]

Couples And Counselling

When you meet the one, all of us instantly think this is it. My life is mapped out and nothing will ever change. Of course that is very the beginning of a relationship when no matter what you do, the other person never sees anything wrong in what you are doing. Over time it’s completely normal that gradually this begins to erode, and it is those small irritating habits that your partner has which become more noticeable, and all of sudden you actually start to begin to blow those bad habits out of all proportion. The reason why we do… [Read More]

With Divorce On The Rise Should We Be Going To Pre-Marital Counselling

Nowadays when people meet their life partner they so often rush into living together and getting married. They go into way too quickly. In some cases this is absolutely great if it works out, but so often people who rush into marriage do so without really getting to know their partner properly. Of course the consequences of getting married so quickly could mean they end up in the divorce courts. This is something in which statistics prove unequivocally that divorce is definitely on the increase in those early years of marriage. The average marriage lasts about 12 years which is… [Read More]

When A Marriage Gets Into Trouble An Online Marriage Therapist Can Help

When you’ve been married for a while it can get tough. There are lots of reasons why it doesn’t have the spark that it had when you first met and when you were totally loved up, always smiling and giggling, or laughing at each other’s jokes even when they weren’t funny. I’m sure you get the idea. Life changes quickly and in today’s world it can get very busy which means you can easily forget what is important, and that can result in your marriage suffering as a consequence. Once you get married and when children so often enter the… [Read More]

Is The Smart Phone Really Killing Conversation: I Don’t Think So

We are constantly hearing how the smart phone and technology in general are killing the art of conversation in the family home or in fact in our general lives. This got me thinking is it really that different to 30 years ago before the internet had been invented to the degree of where it’s at now? Anything and everything is accessible just by a touch of a finger or google had even been thought about. Let’s be honest we would be lost without google, but it’s just an extension of the reference book that so many of us used to… [Read More]