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]

Mental Health Awareness Week: Social Media

I thought I would add my contribution to Mental Health Awareness week which is this week. My worries for the young generation that is growing up in an incredibly fake world where apparently everything is obtainable frightens the living daylights out of me. Society is creating a generation after generation that feel unworthy, have no self esteem, and lack confidence in themselves. There’s a belief that they must act or look a certain way to be accepted by society. Where is the root problem? It’s firmly lodged with social media. Social media may possibly have some positive effects, but I… [Read More]

When A Family May Need Counselling

We so often only think about individuals when we think about counselling, but if truth be known what could be going wrong in one family members life ultimately could be affecting all of the family. This is when family counselling is vital as it can ensure that everybody’s well being is being looked after. There are many things that can affect a family which can stem from one situation that just one family member could be going through. For example, the actions of just one family member can have far reaching implications across the entire family. Thankfully nowadays help is… [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]

An Interview With Susie Who Writes So Happy In Town & The Inspiration Behind The #itsoktofeelshit Campaign

Susie is the founder of So Happy In Town / S.H.I.T., aka Mrs S.H.I.T. She lives in London with her husband, Mr S.H.I.T. and her three children, The Little S.H.I.T.s. She started writing her S.H.I.T. blog two years ago because She wanted to share the real side of family life – the good shit and the bad shit, the funny shit and the not so funny shit because that’s life, and as Susie says they are all in it together. This week I’m very honoured and privileged to interview Susie one of most inspiring bloggers around today. Susie is also the… [Read More]

Mental Health Our Young People And Social Media

The world we currently live in is fast moving and technology is making the world move even faster. It’s actually crazy to think that many of our young people actually don’t have any idea what life was like without the internet or social media. It would be a very interesting study to take them back to my childhood when technology was limited to just the television, radio and a landline telephone. Yes, remember those? A fixed telephone in the home where everybody could hear your conversations. Privacy didn’t exist back in those days, but I actually don’t think that was… [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]

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]