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An Open Letter To My 23-Year-Old Self

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Trigger warning: This post contains references to depression and attempted suicide. You may find this triggering if you have personal experience of such subjects. Dear Lucy I know that this is the most traumatic year of your life. I know that you’re broken. And you’re looking for a way to mend yourself. But there doesn’t seem to be a solution. The pain and depression are too intense. The hole is too deep. Nothing can fill it. You feel like you’re…

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7 Simple But Effective Ways To Ensure A Good Mental Health Day

I recently read a blog post called 3 simple but effective tips to make your day as a SAHM run smoothly every time by Jules from Pondering Parenthood. It is a brilliant post. But it also inspired me. Because I know that there are 7 things that I need to carry out to ensure that I have a good mental health day (life permitting). 7 Simple But Effective Ways To Ensure A Good Mental Health Day 1. A Good Night’s…

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Depression And University Life: My Story

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TRIGGER WARNING: This post deals with depression and mentions self-harm. Depression And University Life My Degree I studied Classical Civilisation and Ancient History at university. And during my study I became drawn to Greek Tragedy. I loved the complex stories filled with bold female characters who committed hideous atrocities because of some fatal flaw. And during those years at university, I often felt like I had changed into one of those characters. That I was ever so carefully destroying myself…

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Self-Loathing And The Art Of Liking Myself

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My favourite song is by Sarah McLachlan and is called Full of Grace. It is a beautiful and heart-wrenching song, about the break down of a relationship. But I’ve always believed that the words work equally well in describing how it can feel to be depressed. And one line in that song has always stood out to me. A line that conveys my feelings of self-loathing.   “It’s just that we stayed too long In the same old sickly skin.”…

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Living With Depression: A Nervous Breakdown & A Diagnosis

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This week is Mental Health Awareness Week. It’s a week that is hugely important, as we still have such a long way to go before we’ve broken the stigma that surrounds mental ill health. Last year, I wrote a post for Mental Health Awareness Week claiming that I was going to start sharing my story of living with depression, beginning with my nervous breakdown and diagnosis. Yet, these posts never materialised. Writing your own tale of living with depression is…

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