What is happiness?

What does happiness mean to you? We asked a few local people this question and here’s what they told us. For some, it seems, the more you have, the more you get. Others think it’s a personality trait. It certainly seems to be something that motivates us to connect with…

Read For Rapture.

The power of reading has proven benefits. Long term, feel good chemicals serotonin, GABA and oxytocin are all released when engaged with a good book. So rag rumination and pick up a good book for wellbeing. Boost the benefits and get out to a fab environment, bright, warm and thousands…

Introvert/Extrovert

I just spotted this interesting article about the differences and myths about introversion and extroversion. I thought it’s well worth sharing. https://www.thoughtco.com/introvert-vs-extrovert-4152958 Marc Fraser

Liverpool Mental Health Festival 2017

A fab festival which was open to all, individuals and families alike.   There were many events over the two weeks in approximately 40 venues, starting with a┬áComedy Night at 81 Renshaw Street on Sunday, 1 October, a really good event that had us all laughing in the aisles, with…

When you say “I know exactly how you feel”, you probably don’t!

“I know just how you feel” is a statement I would bet many of us have heard when we are suffering from loss or depression. It usually comes from friends or family who mean well. I’d also bet that many of us have said it to others – I know…

Time to Change Champions Week

Next week, ‘Time to Change’ will be celebrating the work of Time to Change Champions’. There will be a lot of ‘champions’ stories’ posted on Facebook, Twitter, etc, so keep an eye out for them. I am proud to have been a champion, which I signed up for a couple…

Passive Stress – Part 2

This is the follow on from 2 weeks ago looking at support that is available for friends and family of people with mental and/or chronic illness. We were surprised at how much support is actually available. There are many web sites with links to national and local support, so the…

Passive Stress

During our fortnightly discussion and blogging group last Thursday, we got talking about the effects of being close to someone with mental or chronic illness – whether it’s a family member, a workmate, friend, partner or anyone you have some close interaction with. The danger of being in this situation…

Out of the Comfort Zone

In the first of our fortnightly ‘Talk and Blog’ sessions on Thursday, we discussed what it means to step out of the comfort zone. One of the key instructions in stress control management is ‘Face your Fears’ (as taught in the course put together by Dr Jim White). It is,…

Discussion/Blogging Workshops

We are running a series of workshops at the Croissant of Inequality to discuss issues around wellbeing and generate new posts for the blog. They are going to be much more focussed on discussion than the technology of blogging, so they are more informal than the courses and sessions we…

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