Wednesday 10 September is World Suicide Prevention Day, organised by the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP). The theme for this year is Connectedness. It is estimated that over 800,000 deaths occurred worldwide in 2012 through suicide. In richer countries three times as many men take their own lives than women. It is also estimated
I lay my head to rest And in doing so… Lay at your feet the faces I have seen, The voices I have heard, The words I have spoken, The hands I have shake, The service I have given, The joys I have shared, The sorrows revealed, I lay them at your feet …and in
I was reading a blog about how to like yourself more. The writer was suggesting eight steps in all, but one of these was to have a Self-Esteem File. The idea was given to someone, let’s call him John, by a therapist to write down a list of strengths that he felt he had. John
I was sad to learn of the passing of Robin Williams earlier this week. The comedian and star of such films as Dead Poets Society and Good Will Hunting took his own life. He had been battling with depression and it has been more recently reported that he was in the early stages of Parkinson’s
I wanted to follow on from last week’s thought, particularly the idea of a journey from grief to understanding. The reason grief hurts is because there is an inextricable link between the level of pain we feel when a loved one passes and how much we cared for that person. If we wanted to protect
I was at a funeral service this week. We were remembering a special person who was tragically killed in a motorbike accident aged only 50. Tributes to the person which had been posted on his Facebook wall were read out during the service. This was was very moving, personal and poignant. Wouldn’t it be good
The following is an extract from The Independent published earlier this month: More of us than ever have had therapy, according to a new study, which reveals that more than a quarter (28 per cent) of people in the UK have consulted a counsellor or psychotherapist, compared to just one in five people in 2010.
It was Voltaire who said – “Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers”. But how does that philosophy work when I try to look for what brought me to where I am today? Well, maybe it has just started to.
At the end of last month it became law for same-sex couples to be able to marry. This has led to a number of people expressing their opinions in the public domain, especially on social media sites. A number of these people’s comments seemed to lack something fundamental – love. I’m not going to comment
Ever looked at a DVD player and thought that you’d like to press one of the buttons to fast forward your life? Maybe you’d like to rewind to a familiar or particularly happy time. Pause is a good one, especially if you’re enjoying where you are right now. How about Stop? Maybe you’ve had enough.