2nd Year of Studies Have Begun

The last two weeks have been a bit of a blur. I picked up some horrid bug for a few days and I have spent the last week catching up at work. Oh, and I started my second-year studies. After a faltering start last month, we all began again with a new tutor. What aContinue reading “2nd Year of Studies Have Begun”

Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness Week 2020

It had come up on one of my social media feeds that the week beginning 3rd February as well as being Children’s Mental Health Week it is also Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness week. I thought, well that’s never happened to me, so I don’t know a whole lot about it. Then I rememberedContinue reading “Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness Week 2020”

Children's Mental Health Week – Find Your Brave

This week February 3rd – 7th, shines a spotlight on the importance of children and young people’s mental health. Finding your brave – Bravery comes in all shapes and forms. It can be asking for help, talking to someone, trying something different, doing something social, going outside, going to school. Being brave is different forContinue reading “Children's Mental Health Week – Find Your Brave”

Meditation Rooms

Last October I decorated my daughter’s bedroom. Her bedroom is next to what was once my home office. I stopped using it a few years ago, and it had become a space my daughter used to paint, do crafts and express herself through art. She completely trashed the room, paint on the carpet, the deskContinue reading “Meditation Rooms”

Childhood Trauma – A Follow Up

Following on from my previous post I wanted to take a deeper look into early childhood trauma. Whilst I am nowhere close to being an expert, I have learnt some things through my studies and what my family have gone through. Early childhood trauma usually refers to trauma experienced by children 0-6 years old. BecauseContinue reading “Childhood Trauma – A Follow Up”

Childhood Trauma

Our younger years, even infancy is said to have a huge influence on our emotional and mental health as we grow older. Any perceived trauma when we were children, even if we have supressed it will still have an effect. Because we all react differently to the same situation what may have made an impressionContinue reading “Childhood Trauma”

Mindfulness

When I first heard about mindfulness, I thought it was all about focusing on the breath. My anxiety was high at the time and focusing on my breathing only made the anxiety worse! So, I thought, no way, not for me. I was properly introduced to mindfulness with my daughter whose therapist thought it mayContinue reading “Mindfulness”

Open Up and Talk

Whilst I acknowledge that in some respects people are more open about mental health, I feel sad and concerned that the numbers of suicides I see reported or hear about is increasing. In 2018 according to the Office of National Statistics there were 6507 suicides registered in the UK. Three quarters of those suicides wereContinue reading “Open Up and Talk”

Self-Harm

This is a subject I knew nothing about up until a few years ago when I discovered my daughter had been cutting. I never saw it coming and to be honest I initially didn’t handle it well at all. I completely freaked out! I was shocked, upset, disappointed and afraid. I completely panicked and rangContinue reading “Self-Harm”