Emotional Resilience, Mental health, Thankfulness, Training, Youth work

5 Ways to Help our Young People Find Happiness

Gratitude is an important weapon in the fight against all kinds of dis-eases of the mind. Being thankful and expressing it regularly genuinely retrains our neural pathways and gives us a more positive mindset which in turn enables us to have more resilience to weather the storms in our minds.  So, if this is our… Continue reading 5 Ways to Help our Young People Find Happiness

Emotional Resilience, faith, Friends and family, Life, Life in general, Mental health

Family Ties

A basic human need is connection with others This is unfinished and a little raw/unedited so bear with me, I am trying to get back into writing by taking every opportunity to write when the urge takes me! I’ve been reflecting on the nature of family this week in particular as we attended the funeral… Continue reading Family Ties

Emotional Resilience, Life in general, Mental health, School, Youth work

New Year, New You?

Have you ever noticed that the mainstream media is obsessed? Headlines scream at us day in day out, forming the ‘wallpaper’ to our daily lives, and the New Year brings all of that into sharp relief. As if it’s not bad enough that our newspapers, magazines, timelines & advertising feeds are full of messages about our image or body shape or fashion sense all year round; in January this goes into overdrive.

Emotional Resilience, emotions, Life, Life in general, Mental health, Stress

Finding Joy

(with apologies to CS Lewis) So I’ve been struggling to reflect back on an important role I’ve held for 2.5 years and see anything positive. Until I was reminded that what I need to do is remember the bits that have brought joy, and acknowledge the mistakes without allowing them to eclipse the joy. I… Continue reading Finding Joy

Emotional Resilience, Life, Life in general, Mental health

Managing Busy-ness in 3 Steps

I’ve been busy. Not just ‘normal’ busy but the kind of busy when you’re not too sure how you’re going to get from one end of the week to the other and still be standing upright. The kind of busy when everything seems to need your urgent attention RIGHT NOW; the kind of busy that… Continue reading Managing Busy-ness in 3 Steps

Cancer story, Emotional Resilience, Friends and family, Life in general, Mental health, Thankfulness, Training

A Few of My Favourite Things…

This week in March is always a strange one, well, since 2010 is has been. 15th March 2010 was the day I was diagnosed with bowel cancer and my world crashed down around me. Now, 7 years later, I am always grateful for the NHS staff who helped me, looked after me, gave me space,… Continue reading A Few of My Favourite Things…

Emotional Resilience, Life, Life in general, Mental health, School, Training, Youth work

Six things to do if someone tells you they are struggling with self harm #SelfHarmAwarenessDay2017

Today, 1st March, is Self Harm Awareness Day. This is a critical issue that touches the lives of many people who struggle with mental health crises and, according to some statistics, is the biggest killer of those who are struggling. It may be the hardest thing you'll hear someone talk about but it's important that… Continue reading Six things to do if someone tells you they are struggling with self harm #SelfHarmAwarenessDay2017