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      My experience of judgement with a mental illness by Aisling, See Change Ambassador I feel judgement often comes in the small things; often in the things that are not said or done. In secret keeping and layers of shame. I have a lot of judgement towards myself about my experiences. From the...
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  Judgement by Marie, See Change Ambassador I remember the first time I opened up to someone about having mental health difficulties. I hadn’t been feeling right for a long time but couldn’t put my finger on it. I fluctuated between sleeping a lot or not sleeping at all. I wasn’t eating properly, and I...
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    Self Care: Meditation by Kim Horkan, See Change Ambassador “Once a man approached Buddha and asked him what he gained from meditation. His reply was this: Nothing, however let me tell you what I lost – anger, anxiety, depression, insecurity, fear of old age and death.”   In 2017 at the age of 21,...
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    Self-care tips by Gerry Murray, See Change Ambassador One of the hardest tasks I had to do was look after myself. I was great a minding other people while at the same time neglecting myself. Life has a method of showing me what happens when I put others first – I burn myself...
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  Self Care by Bernadette Crawford, See Change Ambassador My Name is Bernadette and I live with Bipolar Disorder which is a mental illness that causes extreme mood swings that include emotional highs and lows. The biggest challenge is believing the moods both highs and lows ‘will pass’. Steven Fry said it’s like the weather...
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    Farming and mental health by Patrick Hipwell, See Change Ambassador Throughout November, have been focusing on men’s voices as they speak openly about their mental health. We often have a certain view and expectation of what it means to be a man. Our aim is to show the many different types of men there are...
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  The stereotype of men in society by Adrian Yeates, See Change Ambassador It must be great to be a man. Imagine, an accident of birth that bestows so many gifts and opportunities that make living so easy and rewarding. To be tall and strong, ambitious and successful, wise and resilient. What a fantastic advantage!...
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  The importance of celebrating World Mental Health Day by Kim Horkan, See Change Ambassador Everyone has mental health. No matter who you are, if you are a living, breathing, human being, you have mental health. Nobody on this planet is immune to suffering or enduring a mental health difficulty. Mental health issues are on...
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    A Letter to my Younger Self by Sonia Moloney, See Change Ambassador   Shame was the one thing that held me back from recovery; the need to hide my mental health struggle, the need to push everyone who cared about me away – my parents, my friends, my classmates. There was a day...
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  The antidote to self-stigma and shame  by Marie Duffy, See Change Ambassador I told myself every minute of every day that I was worthless. I was a failure. I was weak. It bred an inner critic that was so vicious that I turned to self-harm.   Mental health stigma did this to me. But I...
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