You Against You

When you live with mental ill-health every day, it can affect many different aspects of your life. People might think that you just feel unwell or a bit down, but it can reach much further than that and can make tasks that you would normally do without thinking an insurmountable challenge. If you have lived … Continue reading You Against You

It Won’t Be Christmas Without You

Christmas can be a testing time of year for our mental wellbeing. It can be stressful for everyone, even those who don’t live with mental illness. There are financial worries about the cost of presents and going out, pressure to see friends and family and overindulgence with food and alcohol. Here are some easy ways … Continue reading It Won’t Be Christmas Without You

Beautiful – Mental Health Awareness Week 2019

The theme for this years Mental Health Awareness Week is ‘Body Image’. Not that long ago it isn’t a subject that people really spoke about, like mental health, but with the rise of social media sites such as Instagram it has become a hot topic.  The best place to start is probably with a simple … Continue reading Beautiful – Mental Health Awareness Week 2019

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

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

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

Been Away Too Long

The more eagle-eyed amongst you will have noticed a drop in activity over the last couple of months. There hasn’t been as many updates to the social media feeds, to the blog or to the website as there would normally be. Why is that you may be asking? I’m not going to lie as I’ve … Continue reading Been Away Too Long