Talking about mental health

Asking if I'm ok

He just knows. I think that comes with just living with someone for a while, there are days that I would wake up and I don’t feel as sparkly as I would usually feel and without me even saying anything he will just bring me a cup of tea. Just the one, and put his arm around me and ask if I’m feeling okay. 

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coffee with friend

we go out for coffe together. if i feel "triggered" or anxious or even angry or at meltdown stage without judging me she asks why im upset. i didnt trust people until i met her- i was scared of them


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hug a guinea pig

my guinea pigs help me. it means i feel less alone in my flat. they give me a focus. they help calm me down .


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My Small Thing

I messaged my friend about my depression for the first time who instantly messaged me back saying that she is always here for me, it's good to talk and i could talk to her whenever i wanted to


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My husband understands how tough my day can be, how hard it is for me to simply get out of bed at times. He simply gives me his beautiful smile "it will be alright" and holds my hand. Love helps.


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A book

The most painful time in my life I felt shattered by an event. I was talking about it but I could not seem to move on or receive help. A friend sent a book without pressuring me to read. It helped.


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i get on with it

say hi be brave its not what you see its in the smile you saw me do


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A short fb message

My best friend knows that I will not answer the door or phone, so instead sends me a daily fb message to check that I am OK. Her daily message means so much to me, it has been a lifeline.


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Having support from my husband has been amazing in my approach to being better in my mental health. Allowing me time to heal and be kind to myself. Also a hug from my dog always feels better!


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My small thing

While I was struggling I found it painful to be around people.... so I painted, worked with wool - felting, weaving - it was SO physically rewarding, mentally too. Colour REALLY helps the darkness


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More patience

As a carer of my Adult Son, who suffers Schizophrenia, and myself with PTSD after spine surgery, we often help each other. Sadly outside help is far and few between. So I promise to be more patient.


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Bored of talking?

Some people think that they are in danger of being boring constantly talking about their issues to the same people. Well I am one of those "same people" - I would say I am never bored, keep talking


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Always be kind

You may be unaware of the battle others are facing. We need to take a moment out of our busy lives to think about the people around us. Pain is not always physical. Our actions / words have impact


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Recovery takes time!

Reminded today that recovery takes time, like climbing a mountain, I can't rush it and there will be many twists, turns and rough parts to navigate my way through, but I will get there eventually


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Just a smile

A smile from my partner is enough to know that I can on the challenge of each day and make it through to the next, no matter how difficult


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Racing heart

When I feel my heart racing, I try and think of the positive things to distract me My Partner and cat both help with this too by giving lots of hugs, and my partner tells me he loves me.


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