Reader Diary: ‘Jeff’ (Part One)

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"Even though I've been diagnosed with stuff, I don't believe it... It depends what mood I'm in and what day it is. Yesterday, I fully agreed that there is everything wrong with me, but then today... I'm just a bit depressed." - 'Jeff', 3rd August 2017. This is the opening observation of a woman, named 'Jeff' … Continue reading Reader Diary: ‘Jeff’ (Part One)

The Relief of Diagnosis Day…

Oh, hello. I didn’t see you there. You’ve caught me writing words about a petrifying day in my life: The day I was diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. ‘What the bloody hell is that?’ I remember contemplating. In 2004, OCD was still a relatively unknown term in the media and in society. The only creatures … Continue reading The Relief of Diagnosis Day…

Why Everyone Must Play Video Games. Yes, Even You ‘M’!

Oh, hello. I didn't see you there. You've caught me writing words attempting to convince even the most fervent anti video game protester, (hello 'M'), that now is the perfect time to dive into the biggest entertainment industry in the world. Last Friday, I had a lovely stroll in the countryside with a handful of my … Continue reading Why Everyone Must Play Video Games. Yes, Even You ‘M’!

Two Week Hiatus…

Oh, hello. I didn't see you there. You've caught me, well, going on hiatus! I've just started my blogging journey, but this break has been planned for an extremely long time. There are still some posts scheduled to go live during these two weeks.  I'll keep connected, but just know that I will not be … Continue reading Two Week Hiatus…

Are Teachers Deprived Of Liberty? 

Oh, hello. I didn't see you there. You've caught me writing words to answer this question: Are teachers deprived of liberty? Perhaps slightly melodramatic, but I feel it's an important discussion to have. Before we delve into the murky waters, I'd like to thank the following Mr Hamilton best friends for your support: New WordPress … Continue reading Are Teachers Deprived Of Liberty? 

My Son Doesn’t Like Me — dadding depressed (WordPress Best Friend)

A super blog, challenging the stigma around men's mental health. Well, it happened. My son doesn’t like me. I knew the day would come eventually. My jokes were destined to get stale, my fatherly opinion would turn overbearing, and classic dad-son disagreements would naturally ensue. It’s normal for there to be an ebb and flow … Continue reading My Son Doesn’t Like Me — dadding depressed (WordPress Best Friend)

Is Love Racist? 

Oh, hello. I didn't see you there. You've caught me writing words about a controversial and divisive documentary, shown on Channel 4 a couple of weeks ago. The full title of the contentious documentary is: Is Love Racist? The Dating Game. Documentaries investigating racial prejudice in dating will always peak my interest. Being married to a … Continue reading Is Love Racist? 

‘For Better, For Worse’ – Is This Still Relevant? (WordPress Best Friend)

An excellent and well written blog.

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Last night we watched a TV programme about mental health in young men (late teens to mid-20s), which said that men are a lot less likely to ask for help than women. In fact, in the UK at least, over 75% of those who take their own lives are men and only 19% would speak to their doctor about anxiety. The programme told us that this is particularly prevalent in young men, and sparked one of our late night conversations (they’re not all so deep and important).

The programme also raised a few potential contributing factors to this worrying epidemic but I’m going to focus on the youth and loneliness aspects of it. Firstly, it introduced the idea that young people today set themselves very high and possibly unachievable goals, which can pave the way for depression if they don’t work out. Not every junior champion becomes a world…

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A £1.3bn ‘Plan’ – A Hollow Gesture

Oh, hello. I didn't see you there. You caught me writing words about Mental Health (again), in reaction to The Conservatives announcement of a £1.3bn investment into mental health services. Jeremy Hunt has announced a 'huge' influx of cash to help revamp and restructure mental health services in the UK. On the surface, this seems like … Continue reading A £1.3bn ‘Plan’ – A Hollow Gesture