Depression ... Recovery ... Creative Writing

Sep 09, 2021

This blog article comes from Sandra, a peer support volunteer at Meridian Wellbeing. We share the personal story and empowerment of those who have struggled with their mental health. 

My first experience with depression was in 2004 following the death of my mother. No-one can describe the feeling adequately and you will not understand fully until you experience it for yourself, but I will try to explain.

I chose to keep working. I needed a sense of some kind of normal, routine...

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Heart and Brain - A Cartoon Blog

Aug 04, 2021

Out of our five vital organs, our Brain and our Heart have the biggest jobs in managing the various functions of our body. Although these organs are cloaked within us and therefore not visual, when we talk about our heart and brain we are often able to conjure up an image.

This is what a graphic designer and cartoonist by the name of Nick Seluk has achieved. Nick has created a popular series of cartoons called Heart and Brain; which follows the inner dialogue between the cynical,...

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The Critical Vs Compassionate Teacher

Jul 14, 2021

This blog article comes from an individual who uses our services at Meridian Wellbeing. We share the personal story and empowerment of those who have struggled with their mental health. 

When I was poorly with my mental health I attended a few group CBT sessions. My attention span was pretty low but there were a few group sessions that I could relate to, and one in particular was called The Critical Vs Compassionate Teacher. I was paired up with a young lad and we had to answer the...

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Being Kind to Myself through Anxiety

Jul 07, 2021

Blog written in February 2018 whilst experiencing General Anxiety

I write this blog as therapeutic writing for myself, but I’m sharing it with you as it may be helpful.

It’s been a rough couple of months. And I don’t think that I’m alone. I think at this time of year, most of us are ‘hanging on by our fingertips’ as we are so over Winter, needing Spring to come to give us a spring in our step.

To summarise my past two months, they have been...

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We need to Destigmatise Mental Health

Jun 08, 2021

The past year has been particularly challenging for many of us, as COVID-19 and numerous lockdowns have inevitably impacted on all of our lives to different extents. 

Sadly, many have lost beloved family members and friends, and have struggled to process grief, which has been exacerbated by the difficulties there has been in accessing in-person support.

And for some, the increase in social isolation has meant not being able to follow our usual routine and do the things that we love. This...

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The Queen’s Speech and reforming the Mental Health Act

May 17, 2021

Along with being the date of Meridian Wellbeing’s successful Mental Health Awareness event, Tuesday 11th May also marked the State Opening of Parliament and the Queen’s Speech.

The Queen’s Speech is a historic occasion in which the monarch reads a prepared speech outlining the Government’s priorities for the coming parliamentary session. A parliamentary session normally lasts a year.

This year’s Queen’s Speech specifically referred to mental health, with...

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Donna's Story: Depression is a Liar Part 3

May 07, 2021
Content Warning: This blog discusses topics which some readers may find triggering. 
In this blog series, we will share the personal stories of those who have struggled with their mental health. We hope to show the universality of mental health problems and empower others to ask for help.
In the final part of Donna's Story, Donna reflects on her experiences and looks to the future.

 

My Ongoing Wellbeing Journey
When I first recovered from depression, I made some changes in my life...

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Donna's Story: Depression is a Liar Part 2

Apr 23, 2021
Content Warning: This blog discusses topics which some readers may find triggering. 
In this blog series, we will share the personal stories of those who have struggled with their mental health. We hope to show the universality of mental health problems and empower others to ask for help.
In the second part of this blog, Donna shares the steps and tools that helped her with her depression. 

Recognise it as an illness.
You did not choose to be ill with depression. The same way you...

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The Future of Work: Wellbeing in the Workplace

Apr 13, 2021

In this new series, we examine the lessons from the last year and consider how business leaders can support their staff and businesses through wellbeing-led innovation. 

Having trouble sleeping?

Work on your mind?

Our bodies are just like a car. We need to be maintained through diet, sleep, exercise etc. And just like a car, when our wellbeing is affected by worry, poor diet, or a lack of sleep, we can breakdown.

This is not only bad for us, but has a knock-on effect on our...

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Donna's Story: Depression is a Liar Part 1

Apr 08, 2021
Content Warning: This blog discusses topics which some readers may find triggering. 
In this new blog series, we will share the personal stories of those who have struggled with their mental health. We hope to show the universality of mental health problems and empower others to ask for help. In this three part blog, Donna shares her experiences with depression

We all have Mental Health, as well as Physical Health.  All 7.6 Billion of us that live on Planet Earth.  And...

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