Personal stories about mental health

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Before work today, just prior to mid-day, I enjoyed a delightful relaxing swim at my local pool. The water was soothing and warm. As I swam, I periodically watched the attentive swimming instructors competently teaching their numerous primary school charges. I reflected on the joy I felt as a school child, when first...

After many days of preparation. Setting deadlines, and breaking them. Today, after a pep - talk, with my Mental HealthSocial Worker,I finally married intention with action and enteredmy local swimming pool ;) The shower prior my entering the pool was refreshing and the pool water was warm. There was ample space toswim. No...

Discrimination doesn't have to be direct abuse that is in your face, instead it can often be softly spoken, even whispered and seeps into us, becoming part of our world. The internalisation of these ideas can be agonising as it becomes part of how the world is seen and how the world sees us. During my battle with...

There have been some reports in the press this past week surrounding Social Networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace, and whether they could have a negative effect on our mental health.Writing in the Biologist, the journal of the Institute of Biology, Dr Aric Sigman said "a lack of face-to-face contact could upset...


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