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Thanks for everyone who still continues to check out this blog.

I still get a lot of traffic here- which is great, but seeing as I have a much nicer website over on www.unwindyourmind.ie it would be fantastic if you could check it out instead.

You can subscribe to receive emails every time I post-and check out the facebook and twitter pages.

Looking forward to seeing you over on www.unwindyourmind.ie

New Year, New Website

So the time has come to move on from this blog to my snazzy new one at www.unwindyourmind.ie

From now on I’ll be blogging there so please take the time to check it out.

Thanks to Catherine Pearson for her fantastic work and I hope you like the new look as much as I do!

Marie

Unwind Your Mind blogger

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Tomorrow could be the best day of your life

Tomorrow could be the best day of your life

Young leaders nomination

So recently I’ve been nominated for a Young Leaders award for my work as a mental health advocate, and for my work here at Unwind Your Mind.

Usually things like this make me feel pretty uncomfortable but I have to say it’s a great feeling and I feel very humbled by it.

You can read an interview I did with the guys at o2

Check it out here

It will be sunny one day

sun shining through clouds

One day it will be sunny

Depression is such a lonely illness and it takes a lot of courage for people to reach out to others. But I love hearing of stories when someone does reach out and gets a positive reaction.

Crystal Nunn was going through a deep depression when she found the courage to send Stephen Fry a letter. Fry’s history with manic depression is well documented, but never in a million years did Crystal think that Fry would reply to her letter.

The letter which I’ve transcribed below has a wonderful message and it well worth a read.

Transcript

April 10, 2006

Dear Crystal,

I’m so sorry to hear that life is getting you down at the moment. Goodness knows, it can be so tough when nothing seems to fit and little seems to be fulfilling. I’m not sure there’s any specific advice I can give that will help bring life back its savour. Although they mean well, it’s sometimes quite galling to be reminded how much people love you when you don’t love yourself that much.

I’ve found that it’s of some help to think of one’s moods and feelings about the world as being similar to weather:
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Psychiatrists and puppies

Puppy licking face

The above picture says it all really. Sometimes its the simple little things that make all the difference in life.

I may as well go on the record and say that I’m not the biggest fan of psychiatrists. I’m sure there are some great ones out there, but I’ve had the unfortunate experience of meeting too many bad ones.

Maybe its because I hate their reliance on medication, when sometimes counselling is all that is needed. Maybe its because a lot of them are so clinical and don’t have great people skills.

I also hate the empty feeling you are left with after spilling your soul to a complete stranger only to have them write you a prescription and ask you to come back in a few months.

But a puppy on the other hand…. is always willing to cheer you up, always there when you need a hug, and is never in a bad mood.

If I was a psychiatrist I would spend my time prescribing puppies to people who are depressed. My dog has made such a difference to my life, and I know a lot of people who would say the same.

What’s your opinion on psychiatrists? Or puppies for that matter

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