Let’s Talk about Perinatal Mental Health

Let's Talk about Perinatal Health

When I was pregnant with Button I was asked if I would take part in a local survey about mental health in pregnancy and as a new mum (perinatal). It’s sad to an extent they didn’t want to ask about new dad’s or dad to be’s mental health as it can be a stressful time for them too; especially when we still have the old “men must take care of their partners” and “men shouldn’t show their feelings” which I don’t agree with and won’t be teaching my son. I was picked to have an interview after they had collated all of the survey data, Button was less than a week old but I decided to participate.  Read more

What is the Hype around Self Care – Time to Talk Tuesdays

what is the hype around self care? time to talk tuesdays

Is the term “self care” just another empty buzz word or is it really something we should start to look into more thoroughly? So if you read the last installment of “Time to Talk Tuesday” post about making your own happiness, positive perspective you will have seen I had ordered The Blurt Foundation’s founder and CEO’s book called “The Self Care Project” and I am not going to lie it has blown me away. I honestly felt better after reading it and felt like in time I will be able to make steps in the right direction. Read more

Make Your Own Happiness, Positive Perspective – Time to Talk Tuesdays

Make your own happiness - positive perspective - time to talk tuesdays

Don’t you hate people that sit there and say “just be happy” or “you make your own happiness” or the like? Sure you can make your own happiness but it is unfair to link that with depression or low mood. Creating your own happiness or being happy isn’t going to cure it! But can having a positive perspective help with your mood? Read more

Positive Strategies or Not? -Time to Talk Tuesdays

positive coping strategies or not - time to talk tuesdays

I thought I would share the types of strategies the mental health coordinator has tried to have me do, how they made me feel and what I have tried to do for myself. So far I am supposed to be having like a 1-2-1 talking therapy until the DBT starts in May; however even though my appointments were supposed to be doubled after I came out of hospital due to one reason or another I haven’t seen anyone since the beginning of the month. Read more

Social Anxiety – Time To Talk Tuesdays

social anxiety - time to talk tuesdays

Social anxiety is something that definitely for me goes hand in hand with being chronically sick, or at least I can’t put it down to anything else as I haven’t known any other way of life since becoming sick at the age of 10. Although I have noticed that after having both my children it became heightened. I would often describe myself as an introverted extrovert and I know that sounds pretty pretentious but I really believe it’s true. Read more

Insomnia – Time to Talk Tuesdays

insomnia - time to talk tuesdays

This week’s “Time to Talk Tuesday” is on Insomnia. This is something I have experienced on and off through my life but mainly struggled in the last 6 months with it and it has been a vicious circle of affecting my mental health and being an effect of my mental health; predominantly around my anxiety levels. Read more

The Black Dog – Time To Talk Tuesdays

the black dog - time to talk tuesdays

Depression or “the black dog” is a very common and misunderstood invisible illness. Sometimes I feel like along with PND it is a slap on label, “happy” pills dished out and not looked into further. That is why I believe depression is a misunderstood illness because people brush it off and roll their eyes and those truly suffering with depression never find a level footing in their possible downward spiral. Read more

Post Natal Depression Is It Another A Slap On Label?

post natal depression is it another slap on label

Set up by Sophie over at One Unique, Huddle and Cuddle is a campaign to help raise awareness of mental health issues by using the means of social media. Influencers have teamed up to help this campaign and to spread the word, allowing people to never feel alone by sharing their experiences with you. Huddle and Cuddle wants people to get involved by talking to people, whether it be an influencer, family member or a helpline about their thoughts and challenges they may come across. I have chosen to talk about Post Natal Depression (PND) Read more