Where's your head at? Mental Health Awareness

Where's your head at?

Supporting Mental Health Awareness Week

After watching the Invictus Games last week, and in particular, Prince Harry who commended the plight of the competitors for overcoming physical difficulties, but reminding people of the unseen mental health challenges faced by injured service personnel, it made sense to highlight this issue across the week.

Each day, as Pirate FM's Health and Well-being mentor, Tina will be looking at different aspects of mental health and the support that's available.  You can hear short clips on air but listen to the full interviews in the blog posts below, plus there'll be signposts to support available.

A good first place to find help is Outlook South West who provide therapy and courses for anyone over the age of 16, who is registered with a GP in Cornwall.

Outlook South West

Today's episode

Bereavement

Bereavement

Tina's Mum photoLosing a Loved One

Grief is a very powerful emotion.  It's something that I don't think you can fully understand until you go through it.  My brother died from Leukaemia almost 20 years ago, and having experienced the loss of my mum almost a year ago, as we run into the first anniversary of her death, my emotions are heightened.

Grief covers so many different emotions, anger, sadness, guilt, to the point that one can feel paralysed.  These are all healthy and normal feelings.  However, coping alone, or even with other family members can be hard, as they may be grieving too.

Here's how I described my Mum's death just after it happened:

 

Here's how I feel now:

I haven't had counselling, but I did consider it for my children, whose emotions I was having to deal with, alongside my own and Penhaligan's Friends are a great source of information. We lost our pet dog a month after Mum, and that also had a devastating impact on all family members, because pets are integral to all the family unit.

In fact, about now is the time when I may need some sessions of counselling or just the opportunity to remember Mum, and work through some of those healthy emotions.

If you've been touched by the same sort of issues, and need help and guidance, a good starting point are the links below, and from one grieving person to another, I'm sending hugs. 

Please don't suffer in silence. Ask for help.

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Here's some useful information:

Bereavement

Bereavement Counselling

 

Posted by Pirate FM, on 20th May 2016, in Where's your head at?.

See previous episodes

Bereavement

Bereavement

On Mental Health awareness week, we consider how bereavement can impact upon your mental health.

Posted by Pirate FM, on 20th May 2016, in Where's your head at?.

Depression and Anxiety

Depression and Anxiety

It's Mental Health Awareness week and we're examining depression and anxiety

Posted by Pirate FM, on 18th May 2016, in Where's your head at?.

Post Natal Depression

Post Natal Depression

It's Mental Health awareness week and did you know that as many as one in five new mums can suffer from the baby blues and post natal depression to some degree?
It's treatable and normal, yet many suffer in silence.

Posted by Pirate FM, on 18th May 2016, in Where's your head at?.

Stress

Stress

Is stress good or bad? The answer is both - but there are times in all our lives when the stress gets too much - Tina catches up with Kevin Simpson from Outlook South West to discuss stress and coping mechanisms.

Posted by Pirate FM, on 18th May 2016, in Where's your head at?.

Social Anxiety

Social Anxiety

Brave Erika reveals how social anxiety manifests itself on Mental Health Awareness week

Posted by Pirate FM, on 17th May 2016, in Where's your head at?.

Singing Therapies

Singing Therapies

On Mental Health awareness week Tina catches up with Greg Woods, a nutritionist, on the topic of singing therapy.

Posted by Pirate FM, on 16th May 2016, in Where's your head at?.

Unbreakable Bond

Unbreakable Bond

Adam Sibley's mum was only 51 when diagnosed with dementa - she died 3 years later.
Adam tells the story of how he coped with that difficult time.

Posted by Pirate FM, on 16th May 2016, in Where's your head at?.

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