Into The Groove

We all know that a good self-care regime is one of the things that helps us get through when the dark cloud of depression descends on us. There are a lot of good resources out there to help including The Self-Care Project and 365 Days of Self-Care written by Jayne Hardy of the Blurt Foundation … Continue reading Into The Groove

I Will Remember You

Following the 5th anniversary of Dan's passing, here is the original blog I wrote about him that was when the seeds were planted of trying to raise awareness in his memory. I was already blogging about mental health but the events of 19 January 2014 changed everything. Even though it doesn't always help my own … Continue reading I Will Remember You

The Second Coming

The second year for the Dan Rhodes Foundation has been a bit like the difficult second album. When a band has made a brilliant debut, they often find it difficult to better it with their second. Notable failures to improve on their first offering include The Stones Roses, Audioslave, Suede, The Arctic Monkeys and Rage … Continue reading The Second Coming

The Story of the Blues

Today is the BIG BLURTATHON which has been organised by the Blurt Foundation and this year it’s all about the power of your story. In keeping with that theme, here is mine… For those of you that don’t, my name is Stuart and I’m a 43-year-old father to 5-year-old triplets. I’ve been married for over … Continue reading The Story of the Blues

Dr Feelgood

As you’ll know if you’ve read my last blog, there have been a few changes in my life recently, one of which was a change of job. When anything changes in your life there is an opportunity for anxiety to set in. Your mind can start running riot with all questions that all too soon … Continue reading Dr Feelgood

Under pressure

This week is Mental Health Awareness week and the theme for this year is stress. Stress has probably been one of the biggest triggers that has caused issues with my own mental health. Stress is a necessary evil as part of our human makeup as it helps us survive but unfortunately in the modern world … Continue reading Under pressure

The art of kindness

In another great guest blog from Zoe Thompson of Phoenix Life Coaching, Zoe discusses the art of kindness and what impact it can have on you. If you want to find out more about what she does and how she could help you, have a look at the details at the end of the post. … Continue reading The art of kindness

In My Darkest Hour

Last weekend we had a rare night out without the kids as it was Elaine’s birthday. To make full use of the free time, we went out for a curry and then on to the cinema. After much deliberation, we had decided to see ‘Darkest Hour’, the true story of the start of World War … Continue reading In My Darkest Hour

A Place For My Head

I’m not going to lie, the last week or so has been a struggle. January is a difficult time of year for me.  It is a natural period of self-reflection which is never a good thing for someone who spends too much time in their own head, it reminds me of one of the most … Continue reading A Place For My Head

Thank You

As the first year of the Foundation draws to a close, it is time to reflect on what has been a successful year. Over the year, we have managed to raise awareness of mental health issues, raise our profile and follower numbers and raise some money to help with the fight against mental illness. There … Continue reading Thank You