anxiety

Reasons to Stay Alive

6th October 2019

I finally read Matt Haig’s highly acclaimed Reasons to Stay Alive and it was even better than I expected. I’m always slightly wary about reading books about depression as it usually leaves me dwelling on my own mental health and sometimes I can descend into the fog again. Even so, it’s also extremely comforting to […]

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Dear Mind

16th May 2019

Trigger Publishing asked if I wanted to get involved with their Dear Mind campaign for Mental Health Awareness week. Dear Mind, You are my worst critic. You are my meanest friend. Why do you become clouded so often? Why do you trick me into believing that I am alone? Fat? Worthless? Stupid? I try to […]

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You’re so brave

14th April 2019

A lot of people say to me “you’re so brave, for having lost your Dad and doing x and y and z” or the revised version of “You’re so brave.” I can listen to strangers or friends talk about their Dad, or cancer, or tumours. I can go into a hospital, a ward, a hospice. […]

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Clearing brain fog and depression

27th March 2019

This is a personal essay I wrote as a presentation for my Masters in Creative Writing. It focuses on my experience of depression, or as it called it, my brain clouds or brain fog. Clearing the Clouds            “I can always tell the type of day you’re having by your hair.” My stiff student support officer […]

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Life Post-University: Graduate Anxiety

16th July 2018

University brought wonderful things into my life, but I also developed anxiety especially as a graduate. I’d never really had anxiety beforehand, not like I’d experienced at university anyway. And I always managed to control it, because my main anxiety would occur before an exam but then my philosophy of whatever happens, happens, would pipe […]

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World Mental Health Day

10th October 2017

On World Mental Health Day I started thinking about how lucky I am to live in a time when mental health is considered to be as important as physical health. Rather than it being treated as a taboo subject or a “it’s-all-in-your-head-get-over-it” problem that mental health sufferers have faced in the past. Thank you for […]

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