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View Michaelawt85's Profile Michaelawt85 Flag Bexley 21 May 17 11.02pm Send a Private Message to Michaelawt85 Add Michaelawt85 as a friend

Not a joke post..

Details as above.

Call 116 123 from any UK number
Email service via jo@samaritans.org

We all have our crosses to bear in this world and sometimes every day life can be a mountain to climb. Pick up the phone , email if you would rather. But if you or someone you know is struggling reach out and talk .

Why am I posting this..
This afternoon the air ambulance landed at the end of my street. Scores of people from streets around came out to watch and see it and take photos. The crew returned alone and it took off. A gentleman from a couple of streets away had hung himself. To think someone within eyesight of our houses was ending their life while we went about our normal daily business. Well it's deeply saddening.

Mental illness and depression if left untreated can and will kill you and it causes complete and utter devastation to those left behind.

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(Maybe the mods could consider leaving this permanently pinned?)


Edited by Michaelawt85 (22 May 2017 1.24pm)

 


When I was a young girl my Mother said to me.. You listen here kid you're CPFC

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jamiemartin721 Flag Reading 22 May 17 3.13pm

I was diagnosed with Clinical Depression at 27 and have been living with it, ever since. Fortunately, I responded well to medication. Had it since puberty in all likelihood.

Its a horrible experience when your mind 'is not your own'.

 


"One Nation Under God, has turned into One Nation Under the Influence of One Drug"
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View Ginger Pubic Wig's Profile Ginger Pubic Wig Flag Wickham de L'Ouest 22 May 17 10.17pm Send a Private Message to Ginger Pubic Wig Add Ginger Pubic Wig as a friend

A lesson to try to be decent to people if you can. Sad.

 

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bubble wrap Flag Carparks in South East London 23 May 17 12.34pm

Nice post Michaela.
Sad that our communities have broken down, people are either to busy,shy or afraid to ask how someone is. Growing up on a council estate everyone looked out for each other. Now we are strangers to our own neighbours and should all make the effort.

 

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View Forest Hillbilly's Profile Forest Hillbilly Flag in a hidey-hole 22 Sep 17 1.04pm Send a Private Message to Forest Hillbilly Add Forest Hillbilly as a friend

This post was of great help to me

No details required

Many Thanks to the OP

 


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OhthisbloodyPC Flag 31 Jan 18 9.31pm

It does help if someone listens, without judgement or giving you advice. (None of us are really qualified to give people advice, most of the time, and our partisan interventions only make things worse)

By talking to someone, who doesn't interrupt or make it about them, you can usually talk out your issues. By unraveling the complex tangle of emotions, you have a clearer idea of what you do next. That is the empowering part. If someone tells you what to do, they are not only belittling you (by making your problem seem trite and easy to deal with) they are also robbig you of the power to won your own destiny.

So I think the Sams are great.

Just by listening and sympathising you can do more to help someone than by wading in and giving duff advice.

 

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View sitdownstandup's Profile sitdownstandup Flag 05 Apr 18 12.03am Send a Private Message to sitdownstandup Add sitdownstandup as a friend

This comic fits here well I think. If you're someone who knows someone who is feeling down you should try and help them out. Hopefully if you're the person feeling bad then you can stay positive and active and you'll meet good people who you'll share good times with soon.

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Edited by sitdownstandup (05 Apr 2018 12.03am)

 


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View rob1969's Profile rob1969 Flag Banstead Surrey 09 May 19 8.56pm Send a Private Message to rob1969 Add rob1969 as a friend

Bugger - posted on wrong thread!

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View Forest Hillbilly's Profile Forest Hillbilly Flag in a hidey-hole 10 Jun 19 6.08pm Send a Private Message to Forest Hillbilly Add Forest Hillbilly as a friend

Mental Health, or lack of it, has been in the news a lot recently. I heard a discussion with sufferers of depression on the radio today.
It can be a lonely disease, where sufferers will crave any kind of normal human contact.
Conversely, it can also be extremely contagious to those people spending significant amounts of time with sufferers.

Unless you have been a victim, it is very difficult to describe the severe/devastating impact depression can have.
Having friends who say "cheer up mate", or "let's go out on the lash" is not the most useful kind of environment.

Professional help is the best start. But taking the first step is the most difficult, because of perceived stigma and an admission that something is wrong.

You know when something ain't right. Let the professionals deal with it (and no,...I don't mean C15)

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Edited by Forest Hillbilly (10 Jun 2019 6.10pm)

 


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View Badger11's Profile Badger11 Flag Beckenham 10 Jun 19 6.18pm Send a Private Message to Badger11 Add Badger11 as a friend

Originally posted by Forest Hillbilly

Mental Health, or lack of it, has been in the news a lot recently. I heard a discussion with sufferers of depression on the radio today.
It can be a lonely disease, where sufferers will crave any kind of normal human contact.
Conversely, it can also be extremely contagious to those people spending significant amounts of time with sufferers.

Unless you have been a victim, it is very difficult to describe the severe/devastating impact depression can have.
Having friends who say "cheer up mate", or "let's go out on the lash" is not the most useful kind of environment.

Professional help is the best start. But taking the first step is the most difficult, because of perceived stigma and an admission that something is wrong.

You know when something ain't right. Let the professionals deal with it (and no,...I don't mean C15)

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Edited by Forest Hillbilly (10 Jun 2019 6.10pm)

Amen to that.

I have found that Yoga, meditation and mindfulness have made a positive impact on my life and dealing with everyday stress. Through these I gave up drinking which had become a problem and I am a happier person. I also developed a new social circle which has replaced my sitting in the pub all day with the same boring mates talking themselves down.

I appreciate that this is not the same as treatment for serious mental health issues but prevention is always better than the cure as they say.

Edited by Badger11 (10 Jun 2019 6.19pm)

 


One more point

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View dollardays's Profile dollardays Flag 10 Jun 19 6.41pm Send a Private Message to dollardays Add dollardays as a friend

Originally posted by Forest Hillbilly

Mental Health, or lack of it, has been in the news a lot recently. I heard a discussion with sufferers of depression on the radio today.
It can be a lonely disease, where sufferers will crave any kind of normal human contact.
Conversely, it can also be extremely contagious to those people spending significant amounts of time with sufferers.

Unless you have been a victim, it is very difficult to describe the severe/devastating impact depression can have.
Having friends who say "cheer up mate", or "let's go out on the lash" is not the most useful kind of environment.

Professional help is the best start. But taking the first step is the most difficult, because of perceived stigma and an admission that something is wrong.

You know when something ain't right. Let the professionals deal with it (and no,...I don't mean C15)

[Link]

Edited by Forest Hillbilly (10 Jun 2019 6.10pm)

Very well put, mate. It's easy from the outside to say 'pull yourself up by the bootstraps' but negative thinking can be a vicious circle and a self fulfilling prophecy all wrapped into one. Asking for help can be difficult to do, but in my book ultimately it's a strength rather than a weakness to admit that you're struggling.

It's important to have the A-team on the job rather than going it alone! [Link]

 

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View dollardays's Profile dollardays Flag 10 Jun 19 6.49pm Send a Private Message to dollardays Add dollardays as a friend

Originally posted by Badger11

Amen to that.

I have found that Yoga, meditation and mindfulness have made a positive impact on my life and dealing with everyday stress. Through these I gave up drinking which had become a problem and I am a happier person. I also developed a new social circle which has replaced my sitting in the pub all day with the same boring mates talking themselves down.

I appreciate that this is not the same as treatment for serious mental health issues but prevention is always better than the cure as they say.

Edited by Badger11 (10 Jun 2019 6.19pm)

I did dabble with a mindfulness app recently though maybe the 'There's an app for that' approach to everything isn't always the best solution for everyone. It takes me a while to form a habit and so if I'm not careful I don't stick to it.

A bit of a basic and caveman approach, but exercise certainly has helped me with stress over the years. Swimming especially, as its low impact and can feel relaxing and almost otherworldly when you're in the zone!

Thanks for the suggestions. As you say, it can't hurt to have an ongoing approach to mental well being, so it's something that's relevant to all.


 

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