What Impact Does the Weather Have on Our Moods?

Do you feel happier when the sun comes out and more miserable when it rains? Most of us do and there’s good reason for this. The weather can have a strong effect on how we feel, both mentally and physically. In this blog post, we’re looking at the impact that the weather can have on your wellbeing and why this happens. Does Sunny Weather Really Make Us Feel Better? Sunlight boosts the levels of serotonin in the brain. This is the body’s “happy hormone”, which is why we tend to feel better in good weather. It can also have the
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Loneliness and Health

Many of us will experience loneliness from time to time but for some people, this can be much more permanent. Chronic loneliness can be detrimental for both mental and physical health but is often not widely acknowledged. In this blog post, we’re looking at what causes loneliness and the impact that it can have on everyday life. What is Loneliness? Loneliness is a state of mind, although it is not a mental health condition as such. Being alone and being lonely are not necessarily the same thing, although they are often confused. Loneliness can be a lot more complex than
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Mindfulness: What It Is and How Can It Benefit You?

Daily life can be highly stressful and it’s all too easy to get caught up in worries and stresses. This can be second nature for many of us but there is a way to counteract it and take back control. The concept of mindfulness has become increasingly trendy over the last couple of years due to the potential benefits for mental health but many people are still unsure as to what it’s all about and what they could gain from it. In this post, we’re looking at mindfulness in more detail and highlighting how it can help your wellbeing. What
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Our Time to Talk Champions Discuss Their Experiences of Mental Health (Part 6)

This fortnight, some of our Time to Talk Champions are discussing their experiences of mental health and why they wanted to get involved in the project to help to tackle stigma and discrimination. Here is the sixth blog post in our series! “What Experiences of Mental Health Problems Have You Had in the Past?”  I’ve suffered from depression on and off since my teens and have also suffered Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  Isolation can be a huge problem when you’re depressed. When I moved to a new area over 10 years ago and was depressed, I felt incredibly lonely. 
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Our Time to Talk Champions Discuss Their Experiences of Mental Health (Part 5)

This week, some of our Time to Talk Champions are discussing their experiences of mental health and why they wanted to get involved in the project to help to tackle stigma and discrimination. Here is the fifth blog post in our series! “What Experiences of Mental Health Problems Have You Had in the Past?”  I first experienced anxiety and depression in my teens, following on from a health scare.  I was close to having a breakdown and did not really understand what was happening to me. Later on, I was diagnosed with Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD), health anxiety and social anxiety,
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Our Time to Talk Champions Discuss Their Experiences of Mental Health (Part 4)

This week, some of our Time to Talk Champions are discussing their experiences of mental health and why they wanted to get involved in the project to help to tackle stigma and discrimination. Here is the fourth blog post in our series! “What Experiences of Mental Health Problems Have You Had in the Past?”  I am an artist and I have also been diagnosed with an acute and transient psychotic disorder. ‘Acute’ means it can happen suddenly; ‘transient’ means it doesn’t last very long – up to 17 days.  ‘Psychotic’ means I always suffer from psychosis. Since 2005, I have suffered from
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Our Time to Talk Champions Discuss Their Experiences of Mental Health (Part 3)

This week, some of our Time to Talk Champions are discussing their experiences of mental health and why they wanted to get involved in the project to help to tackle stigma and discrimination. Here is the third blog post in our series! “What Experiences of Mental Health Problems Have You Had in the Past?”  I had a mental breakdown in 2008 due to being bullied in my workplace by the management. This snowballed and brought up many issues from my childhood. At the same time, my father-in-law was suffering from cancer and my niece had committed suicide. I hit rock
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Our Time to Talk Champions Discuss Their Experiences of Mental Health (Part 2)

This week, some of our Time to Talk Champions are discussing their experiences of mental health and why they wanted to get involved in the project to help to tackle stigma and discrimination. Here is the second blog post in our series! “What Experiences of Mental Health Problems Have You Had in the Past?”  I had my first experience of depression when I was 13 years old. Having had practically no education based around mental health, my initial experiences were scary and confusing. It lasted for maybe 3 solid months. I’d find it hard to get up in the morning. I’d
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Our Time to Talk Champions Discuss Their Experiences of Mental Health (Part 1)

This week, some of our Time to Talk Champions are discussing their experiences of mental health and why they wanted to get involved in the project to help to tackle stigma and discrimination. Here is the first blog post in our series! “What Experiences of Mental Health Problems Have You Had in the Past?”  My Grandmother passed away in the second week of my second year of university. I found it very difficult to deal with and couldn’t bring myself to be honest about how I felt and ask for help. This resulted in me becoming depressed and not being able
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Depression Is a Liar: A Service User Poem

This fantastic poem was written by one of our Time to Talk Champions! Depression is a Liar   Depression I need to tell you, that you are a cowardly liar You smother life, stealing oxygen, like a consuming fire You cause untold misery, and for that I’m sure you must be glad When you see how people are suffering and how many you make sad   You think you are clever and funny and that it’s all just a very big joke To strip away a person’s very being, until they feel there is no hope Why are you so
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