The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change. Carl Rogers

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Thoughts and ideas on mental health.

Being bullied at school or at work


Being bullied at school or at work? Here’s what to do about it.

“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any”- Alice Walker


One of the many myths about bullying is that it is a normal part of childhood and growing up. It is possible that when people say this, they really mean that conflict is a normal part of life and is something children must learn to deal with. Now this is true, but bullying is not the same as conflict and must be treated differently. Bullying can also affect adults as well as children. In this blog we’ll look at the definition of bullying and why it happens, as well as offering suggestions on how you can deal with it, whatever your age.

What is bullying?

Bullying comes in many forms,

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How hard is it to be a new parent?



You’ve had nine months to prepare for your first child. Be excited. Worry. Scans, tests and appointments fill your diary. Your bathroom cupboard groans with indigestion medicine.

The last month drags by as baby paraphernalia slowly fills your house.

Then it’s the day you’ve been waiting for.

Whether you have a natural birth or C-section, pain relief or none, labour that goes as you expected or hoped, or not, eventually your child is born.

Suddenly you’re a parent. 

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5 things to look out for if you suspect a loved one or someone you know, is depressed (and 4 ways you can help them right now).

"Here is the tragedy: when you are the victim of depression, not only do you feel utterly helpless and abandoned by the world, you also know that very few people can understand, or even begin to believe, that life can be this painful.” – Giles Andreae


“How depressing.” is something you might think as you wake up to another dreary day, or see your team lose (again). But true depression is not fleeting, easily
shrugged off, or forgettable. Depression takes over your life, making it impossible for you to eat, sleep, work, study or enjoy yourself. You feel worthless, hopeless, and helpless - day after day after day.

Here are five things to look out for if you suspect someone you know might be depressed, as well as the four most important things you can do to support them.

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