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  • My Chronic Depression

    My Chronic Depression

    I’m new here and have never really done anything like this. I have been severely, chronically, and, sometimes, even catatonically depressed for over a year now. Before this, I was an outgoing, independent, go-getting, happy person. I have recently been diagnosed with Bipolar 2 and have had depression and anxiety my entire life (but it…


  • SUPPORT: Could there be a Downside to Mental Health Awareness?

    SUPPORT: Could there be a Downside to Mental Health Awareness?

    By Gill Jardine, Counsellor/Psychotherapist We are living in a time of increasing awareness of mental health issues which sounds all to the good, but, in reality, is it? I can hear you thinking: ‘Well, of course it is, why would…


  • There are No Bad Things (Our Near Death Experience)

    There are No Bad Things (Our Near Death Experience)

    I’ve had some of the hardest times and biggest struggles over the last couple of years of my life. But also some of the best times as well. But Covid isn’t really related that much. In early 2021 my girlfriend and I (now wife/ soul mate) shared a near death experience. We were travelling back…


  • A Letter to the Police

    A Letter to the Police

    My mother was looking in boxes the other day attempting to have a clear out of unnecessary stuff that had accumulated over the years. What she found amongst trinkets and change was the below letter. In 2009 I was arrested and hospitalised under Section 2 of the Mental Health Act. Before, thankfully, being arrested, I…


  • RADIO: The Business of Digital Wellbeing

    RADIO: The Business of Digital Wellbeing

    Sam Flynn has been training businesses in the use of social media for 12 years.  Her own addiction to her smartphone and research into why this happens along with a background in Business Psychology has led Sam into a career as a digital wellbeing coach.  Sam works with individuals and businesses to manage their relationship with…


  • SUPPORT: A Comprehensive Guide to Mental Illness

    SUPPORT: A Comprehensive Guide to Mental Illness

    Mental illnesses are medical conditions involving changes in behavior, thinking or emotions that interfere with a person’s ability to do daily tasks or care for themselves. Common mental health disorders include anxiety disorders and mood disorders such as depression, schizophrenia and ADHD. Other disorders include autism, borderline personality disorder, disassociate disorders, eating disorders and obsessive…


  • SUPPORT: The Power of Communication

    SUPPORT: The Power of Communication

    Recently, in my work as a counsellor, I came across a situation which appeared to be the break up of a marriage. The couple had been married for several years and together even more years. The partner who came to see me was very unhappy, feeling entirely alone, could see no way forward with the…


  • SUPPORT: Anxiety and me

    SUPPORT: Anxiety and me

    By Tracy Douthwaite from Way to Wellbeing I lived with anxiety most of my life, mostly I masked it, but sometimes it would completely overwhelm me. Even when doing okay and masking it well the anxiety controlled a lot of…


  • Gender

    Gender

    Gender identity is freedom, freedom from the boxes society makes, the boxes I tried to make myself fit in for so many years. Freedom from a mask so heavy I wonder how it took so long for me to see…


  • Mini-Wife Syndrome

    Mini-Wife Syndrome

    So, hi everyone. We are a blended family. I have a son from previous marriage and hubby has a daughter. He was a widower when we met and I was a divorcee. We always put the kids first, they bonded really well and some time after dating we moved in (kids also wanted it). We…


  • RADIO: The Business of Overcoming Burnout

    RADIO: The Business of Overcoming Burnout

    Have you ever had a moment of AWE? Do you know what a moment of AWE is? MICHAEL AMSTER, MD, co-author of The Power of AWE, is a physician and faculty member at the Touro School of Medicine. With twenty years’ experience as a pain management specialist, he is currently the founding director of the…


  • RADIO: The Business of Mental Health Skills

    RADIO: The Business of Mental Health Skills

    Lisa Jones is the Founder and Director of HeadStrong Training, a UK-based provider of wellbeing and resilience training for businesses and education providers. A qualified psychotherapist, Lisa specialises in helping high-performers cope with chronic stress, mental health, emotional wellbeing, and resilience issues, through understanding the brain-body connection. Lisa has won multiple awards for her work,…


  • RADIO: The Business of Resilience

    RADIO: The Business of Resilience

    What does resilience mean? Can too much focus on building our own resilience lead to burnout? How connected are these two very prominent topics? Aubrey Wrenn is the Chief Operating Officer and Senior Consultant for Proven Valor Professionals. Aubrey enlisted in the Marine Corps in January of 2001 as an Artillery Cannoneer and retired as…


  • SUPPORT: What is Resilience?

    SUPPORT: What is Resilience?

    I seem to keep hearing the word resilience everywhere I turn right now, and it’s got me thinking about what resilience is, why might we need resilience and how we might develop it in ourselves. So firstly what is it? Resilience seems to be about finding a way to not only deal with life’s difficulties,…


  • RADIO: The Business of EFT Healing

    RADIO: The Business of EFT Healing

    What is EFT Healing and how can it help soothe anxiety, help to heal past traumas and lead to a healthier mind? Find out in this 50-minute radio show, amid EFT Master Practitioner and Life Coach Tamas Konya’s choice of music as he chats to our founder Louisa “Wizzi” Magnussen on Connections Radio. As Tamas…


  • POEM: Reconnect

    POEM: Reconnect

    This poem is about reconnecting to a tender, sacred part of oneself as part of healing from traumas. The poem reflects on our sacred connection to the earth and our divine selves – and so also each other. Really it’s about reconnecting and healing…


  • POEM: Greeting shadows

    POEM: Greeting shadows

    Im reaching out, don’t know what for My tools won’t work, in need of more My mindset shifts from dark to light And Nightmares haunt me day and night My safe routine is out of whack My mood is wobbly, mostly black


  • What is wrong with me?

    What is wrong with me?

    I woke up hung over with so much regret. I drank too much and embarrassed myself by crying to the man who denies my little girl. In front of everyone. Pathetic. One of my friends just had her son yesterday. There wasn’t a father. This has to be one of my triggers, because I was…


  • SUPPORT: Don’t let a diagnosis limit you

    SUPPORT: Don’t let a diagnosis limit you

    You have probably been waiting a very long time for a diagnosis. During that time you may have been battling with numerous questions regarding how you have been feeling. Why do I feel so down? Why do I feel so anxious? Why do I feel so confused? Sadly, whilst the profile of mental health has…


  • My Son Kevin

    My Son Kevin

    This is my story, how I see things as a parent and caretaker. Let me introduce you to my son, Kevin. He likes to write poetry, paint, draw, play with his cat, take walks, and watch documentaries. He learns new facts about the things he’s interested in. I grew up eating sliced American cheese and…


  • RADIO: The Business of Grief and Loss

    RADIO: The Business of Grief and Loss

    We will all experience a bereavement at some point in our lives, so why is grief not spoken about more openly and how can we support those grieving? In this The Business of… episode on Connections Radio, our Founder Louisa “Wizzi” Magnussen interviews the Founder of Grief Coach, Emma Payne, posing the below questions and…