The grass is greener …

In my first life, gardening was never on my job description so when I bought a house that came with a lawn and borders, I really had no idea what I was doing. The lawn was a bit bald in patches and a bit lumpy so I knew I ought to do something and so […]

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Cost or investment?

Cost or investment? Now there’s a question for you this bright and sunny day! If I was to deliver a workshop on suicide prevention and that helped a member of staff successfully intervene when a colleague talked about ‘not being able to take any more’ – would my workshop be a cost or an investment? […]

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Talking about suicide

Language feeds stigma. Language feeds attitude. Language influences. The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention in the US has released recommendations for depicting suicide in the media. These guidelines are useful for any of us in conversations either face to face or indeed via social media. These include:  1. conveying that suicide is complex, often […]

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Ways to Wellbeing

#selfcaresunday isn’t always reading, relaxing, nature walks. Self care can come from lots of different sources. The factors that contribute to our overall wellbeing may be different for each of us, and my talks are all about people building that buffer, that reservoir of resilience,  with the feel good things that do it for you. […]

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Fear is temporary …

I worked last week with a group of 8 managers, helping them develop the skill and confidence to manage through ‘Turbulent Times’, helping them recognise how people’s reaction to change can vary enormously, when to step back and when to step it up, and we talked about how fear and resistance can be stressful for […]

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Everybody loves a freebie – right?

Of course we do! As human beings we love to get things for free …. that’s why marketing strategists have people queuing for free things that don’t cost that much anyway … who can resist the free pen and key ring at the exhibition or the opportunity of free glass of wine with every dinner […]

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Time to Talk Day Feb 2019

This Thursday, 7th February was Time to Talk Day – an initiative championed by the folk at Time to Change with the intention to encourage people to have conversations about mental health. The idea is simply to normalise such conversations, aid recovery, smash the stigma and help make us more aware, alert and comfortable with […]

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Resilience and flex

“The oak fought the wind and was broken; the willow bent when it must and survived.”* Bent when it must. Not all the time, not always, but when it must and in order to survive. To develop better emotional resilience sometimes we have to bend, go with it, be flexible in our approach and not […]

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This is me!

So yesterday as part of Self Care Sunday I caught up with ‘The Greatest Showman’ – I had heard such good things and I have to say I’m totally sold on the soundtrack – I can even imagine myself doing those dance steps in my kitchen – much to my son’s amusement as he is […]

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Pull up your big girl pants!

Time to Talk

Thursday 7th February 2019 is Time to Talk Day – championed by Time to Change, a growing social movement working to change the way we all think and act about mental health problems. The day is to encourage people to have conversations about mental health as we know that the more we talk about it, openly and […]

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Happy Birthday to me!

Yesterday was my birthday (thank you to those who sent me good wishes?) and THIS was my favourite card.   THIS absolutely reflects the work I feel so strongly about. My ‘why’. ‘Life is not about how fast you run or how high you climb but how well you bounce’ Resilience is one of the […]

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The right thing isn’t always the easiest

Difficult conversations have to happen if we want things to be different, or right or to an acceptable standard, and most of us accept that is the case. At a head level we know that if we say nothing we are either a) getting walked all over or b) giving permission for the bad behaviour […]

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