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Michelle Robinson

How Do You Want to Be Treated When You’re in A Dark Place?

How Do You Want to Be Treated When You’re in A Dark Place?

Mental illness can be isolating, terrifying, and debilitating. Much has been done by charities, campaigners, and sufferers to try and tackle the problem of stigma. It is testament to their…

It’s Not Over: Making the Choice to Carry On

It’s Not Over: Making the Choice to Carry On

Amy Bleuel, the inspirational founder of Project Semicolon, passed away recently, aged only 31. Her project inspired many people to talk about their mental illness, and was a source of…

The Dark Side of a Beautiful Mind: The Link Between Creativity and Mental Illness

The Dark Side of a Beautiful Mind: The Link Between Creativity and Mental Illness

Everybody has heard of the stereotypical ‘tortured genius’; the musician, artist, or writer whose own dark thoughts and feelings fuels the creativity behind their work. The poet Sylvia Plath, the…

I Just Called to Say I’m Listening: How to Start the Conversation about Mental Health

I Just Called to Say I’m Listening: How to Start the Conversation about Mental Health

Mental health has always been a difficult subject to talk about. The difficulties lie in the stigma surrounding it, the lack of understanding around mental health generally and if you…

But You Don’t Look Ill: What Not to Say to Someone Who Has Depression

But You Don’t Look Ill: What Not to Say to Someone Who Has Depression

There’s a lot about mental illness that’s misunderstood. Thankfully, there is a growing awareness of the issues surrounding mental ill health, partly due to the willingness of sufferers…

Just when You Thought It Was Over: Preventing Relapse

Just when You Thought It Was Over: Preventing Relapse

You got there. Despite your lack of belief that it was possible, you fought your illness and came out of the other side. In some ways, it made you weaker…

Getting Real: When All Thoughts Are Not Created Equal

Getting Real: When All Thoughts Are Not Created Equal

How many times have you told yourself, ‘I’m not good enough’, ‘I’m hopeless’ or ‘I’m a failure’? Consider how many times your inner voice has said this…

You Can’t Trust Depression, But You Can Trust Yourself

You Can’t Trust Depression, But You Can Trust Yourself

I think of my depression as a thief. It crept in when I least expected it and it took everything that was dear to me. But unlike a thief, it…

Mindfulness: The New Treatment On The Block For Mental Wellbeing

It is said that if you have depression, you are living in the past, and if you have anxiety, you are living in the future. Living in our heads so…

Healthy Body, Healthy Mind; Why Exercise is Essential for Good Mental Health

Healthy Body, Healthy Mind; Why Exercise is Essential for Good Mental Health

Mental and physical health are so often treated as two separate entities, when the reality is, one cannot exist without the other. If we are physically well, we are more…