Mental Health

Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2019 – How do parents, carers and friends cope?

Eating disorders

I was gifted a book on eating disorders to review. At 15 I was in the full swing of anorexia, I would survive the day eating one apple or sliced cucumber and water…sometimes a calypso drink if I was feeling dizzy. I would take mass amounts of vitamin tablets but none containing oil. Mum being worried took me …

Tips from a Mental Health Nurse – Managing mental illness as a parent

As a mum who suffers from panic and anxiety disorder, Sometimes I struggle as a parent. I find I have a productive day and then I crash for days later. I suffer from Sjogren Syndrome and rheumatoid arthritis. and medication. I look fine on the outside, but my severe anxiety is triggered by pretty much …

From Bumps to Babies – Perinatal Mental Health Care in Wales research report launched

On June 12th I attended the Perinatal Mental Health Care in Wales research report. Myself and over 70 people, including health and social care practitioners, academics, policy makers, third sector organisations and women and their partners with experience of perinatal mental health problems, came to Cardiff to celebrate the launch of the Perinatal Mental Health …

Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2018 – Anorexia & Bulimia (trigger warning)

Anorexia

Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2018, I talk openly about anorexia and bulimia. I have a rather peculiar relationship with food since suffering from an eating disorder. Although free of it to some degree, I am left with lifelong physical problems due to my history of an eating disorder. As it is Eating Disorders Awareness Week, I think …

A Child Inside by Sharon Shaw – Book review – Blog Tour

I have just finished reading A Child Inside by Sharon Shaw. A Child Inside: understanding, healing and freedom following childhood abuse and trauma, is written by Sharon Shaw, a respected psychotherapist; specialising in cases of childhood sexual, emotional and mental abuse. The book is written from a lived experience. Her early life is shared with readers in this …

Its International fathers mental health day tomorrow – Dads need support too!

Tomorrow is International fathers mental health day. The day was foundered by my friend Mark Williams after he spoke out about his struggles with mental health after witnessing the traumatic birth of his son. Mark’s life was turned upside down after the birth of his son. Both Mark and his wife were suffering from anxiety . …

Our first Christmas just us four – Is it ‘normal’ to feel sad?

Christmas 2016 is the first Christmas that I have not spent with family; that’s not including my husband and two boys. We have always spent the Christmas Holidays with immediate family and sometimes Grandparents and Cousins. These Christmas’s are filled with great memories, laughter and some years tears. Christmas 2016 is different; this year it …