25 Mar 2018

At the beginning of March, the finalists for the Venus Awards 2018 (Devon & Cornwall) were announced and, having been shortlisted as a semi-finalist in two categories, I was very proud to see my name in the three finalists for the 'Inspirational Woman' award.

Shortly af...

10 Oct 2017

Since it’s World Mental Health Day, we thought we would share some of the comments given by young people in our workshops. Participants are given a blank #heartonthehand image and encouraged to write comments about what they have learned in the workshop. The comments c...

2 Feb 2017

This is more than just tiredness, more than feeling worn out… in fact it’s something completely different.

Tired would suggest you’d had a long busy day, or maybe a bad night’s sleep.

This is much more than that, much, much more.

This is a tiredness that a good night’s sl...

26 Jan 2017

What does it feel like to self-harm?
– by Jess

What does it feel like to self-harm?
Well, let’s go to the beach.
And walk into the water, blindfolded.
Just keep walking, you don’t know where you’re going.
You just know you’re going deeper and deeper out into the sea.
Th...

12 Apr 2015

In recent days, I’ve been given cause to reflect on the potentially devastating consequences of mental illness in teenagers and young adults – more specifically on the consequences of young people not receiving the help they need when they need it.

Suicide is always a t...

Five years ago, when my daughter became ill with severe mental health problems, I knew absolutely nothing about mental illness.  I didn’t really know what it was, what caused it, what to do about it and – most importantly – I didn’t know what to say or how to help!

Ther...

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