Kindness in the community

As this site focuses mostly on Mental Illness and positive mental health practices, I’ve always felt responsible enough to signpost visitors to professional help if they feel they’d benefit from it. Most of that help comes from charities, specialists in specific causes of stress, as well as the NHS and sometimes information bases where youContinue reading “Kindness in the community”

Grief, resurrected

My grief is heavy. It’s heavy every day from the minute I wake up to the second I drift off again. It sits on my shoulders always, but from time to time it’s quiet and I’ll forget for a bit, then out of nowhere I’ll be reminded of the space that exists, the space theyContinue reading “Grief, resurrected”

Wanted : friend

I think I’m having my first real creative crisis. It’s come from nowhere. 2022 arrived and there seemed to be a world of ideas, projects and opportunities for me to think about. My partner is the one who deserves the credit for everything I’m about to pour out on this post. I was telling himContinue reading “Wanted : friend”

Wonderful People on my Writing Journey Part 1

I’ve made the decision to start a series of posts about people I’ve been lucky enough to meet on this long and winding journey into creativity and health. Through emails, research, recommendations, and websites, I’ve found people that I’d never have met outside of ‘Steph Writes and Illustrates’. They are exciting, charitable, talented, creative, inContinue reading “Wonderful People on my Writing Journey Part 1”

Isolation – the lonliness pandemic

Before I steam in to this post, I need to acknowledge the serious reality of lonliness for some people and make it clear that I’m not trying to pull the ‘woe is me’ card. Although I feel lonliness and am basically isolated, I’m acutely aware there are others suffering and alone in a far moreContinue reading “Isolation – the lonliness pandemic”

Surprise! Stress approaching!

Sunday morning. Breakfast in bed with a steaming, sugary latte and the sound of white noise lingering as the tv news reports murmur and traffic starts to build outside. You munch a pain aux chocolat (because you’re classy…even if the pastry is landing all over your Egyptian cotton sheets) and sip at your coffee, savouringContinue reading “Surprise! Stress approaching!”

Supportive Support

What the f*ck am I going on about? Supportive Support?? The title is catchy and crap at the same time. A bit like me. But despite this there is an idea, or maybe just an opinion 😜, behind all this. This post is dedicated to our collective need for genuinely supportive support. Therapists, counsellors, helplineContinue reading “Supportive Support”

Where did my personality go?

Who am I? Why am I like this? Am I really still the one in charge? Questions I ask myself regularly in bed, normally in the dead of night or when I wake up and feel that dazed and confused strangeness. But the questions happen for a reason. Things have changed since my mental healthContinue reading “Where did my personality go?”

Rejection and the Fear of Rejection

I’ve managed to get a bit closer to my creative mojo over the last few weeks and it’s led me to think it might be an appropriate time to talk about my mental health…again. A recent conversation on a bad (actually terrible) day left me considering whether or not anyone loved or cared for me.Continue reading “Rejection and the Fear of Rejection”