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You’re having a laugh!

Now sometimes we don't feel very much like laughing, sometimes we don't have very much to laugh about. However, research has shown, our bodies can't really tell the difference between a real laugh and a fake one, so it responds in the same way, it re...
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How do I open up to someone? What do I say?

As discussed in previous items, it's important to find someone who is a good listener. More and more is being done to raise awareness of the fact there are people who care. The Samaritans are running a campaign ' Small Talk Saves Lives '  Carneg...
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How to open up and talk about things when they are not fine

Previously we spoke about how many of us say we are fine, when in fact we are not, and we covered some of the reasons why we may do that. We also covered if you are having thoughts of suicide how important it was to tell someone , we cannot emphasise...
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Every Life Does Matter - Suicide Prevention Action Plan for Scotland

Following our last piece on 'What if you're not fine, in fact, you are thinking of Suicide' we are delighted to see the new Suicide Prevention Action Plan for Scotland The vision is supported by the key strategic aims of a Scotland where: People at r...
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What if you’re not fine, in fact, your thinking of suicide?

We spoke about how all of us at times can reply, yeah everything is fine when sometimes it is far from fine.  There are many degrees of things not being fine if you feel your life is at risk of suicide you need to talk to someone now .  Als...
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Learning how to share when things aren’t going well

This is the first in a series of items, where we plan to explore the real challenge many of us face around admitting things aren't fine. This week we will look at why we say things are fine when they are far from fine. Why do we say we are fine when ...
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Creating opportunities for men to chat about mental health

Thanks to the creativity of many people we now have 3 different sets of co-designed affirmation cards, on building confidence, finding life purpose and the value of lifelong learning. We are keen to explore further how we support men to look after th...
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Tips to manage stress

The theme of Mental Health Awareness week this year is STRESS! So, let's think about some ways to destress. Okay, the first challenge……avoiding stress isn't possible. Stress is a normal part of life, sometimes it can help us when we need that extra e...
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Everyone has the right to shed tears


Cry whenever you need to. It doesn’t need to be a traumatic event like the loss of a loved one, if something has you feeling you could cry………..cry.

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Surviving panic attacks


When the ‘What if’ gets to be too much?

As a survival mechanism we were given the flight or fight response, basically to help us steer clear of danger and so be safe. In the past when we were out hunting our dinner, hearing a wild boar in the grass and having the extra energy to run away or have wild boar for dinner makes sense.

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