Let It Go

This year I’ve been doing a lot of work to try and improve myself. As you may have read in some of this year’s previous blogs, I’ve started journaling, meditating, practising box breathing, established a morning and evening routine and have been trying to read or listen to at least a chapter of a book … Continue reading Let It Go

Someone Like You

A ‘like’ on Facebook was my last contact with Dan. It was before you could react with a ‘wow’ or a ‘love’, which is what his art work deserved. Dan posted this lovely Goldcrest picture, which he’d created using a digital painting app, on 19 January 2014. Later that day, he took his own life. … Continue reading Someone Like You

The Way I Tend To Be

I started listening to an audiobook today as part of my learning process to become a better person. The book is called ‘Love Yourself – Like Your Life Depends On It’ by Kamal Ravikant. I saw someone recommend it so thought I’d give it a try. It’s not the sort of book that I would … Continue reading The Way I Tend To Be

May I Have A Talk With You

I’ve touched on this subject before a couple of times on my original blog but as it’s something that I feel like I’m now in a position to explore a bit deeper and it is such an important subject, it felt worth bringing it up here. I’ve also had some recent experiences that have brought … Continue reading May I Have A Talk With You

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