How can we help empower people to be able to talk about suicide?

Talking about suicide and everything surrounding it can be extremely difficult and daunting, whether you are the person experiencing suicidal thoughts or trying to be there for someone who is. We often don’t know what to say or we feel so unprepared for such difficult conversations we might want to walk away. Painful emotions can…Read more »

Friday: A 10 minute Mindful breathing meditation

Well done for making it to the end of A Week of Mindfulness! If you have missed any of the previous blogs in this series you can catch up by clicking on the links below: Monday: what is all of this mindfulness malarkey about anyway? Tuesday: The core themes of mindfulness Wednesday: What does mindfulness…Read more »

Thursday: My letter to Mindfulness

Dear Mindfulness You and I have known each other for quite a while, 13 years to be exact. When I first met you I thought ‘wow they sound really helpful‘, but I realise now that in my naiveté I didn’t really understand you yet. My first proper introduction to you was during my training to…Read more »

Self-Compassion Series: Part four. Exercise two – Test how self-compassionate you are

Welcome to part four of my self-compassion series – Learning to Love Yourself. You can check out the first three parts by clicking on the links below. Learning to Love Yourself: Part One Learning to love yourself: Part Two Learning to love yourself: Part Three How would you like to my learn more about how…Read more »

Self-compassion series: Part three. What exactly is it, and why is it so incredibly difficult?

So far in this self-compassion series I have briefly introduced what self-compassion is, with some personal reflections and exercises for readers to complete, hopefully starting the process of helping people think about how much self-compassion they truly offer themselves. Click on the link below to read part one and two of this ongoing series on…Read more »

Self-compassion series: Part two. Learning to Love the Reflection in the Mirror: Exercise One

Following last week’s introductory blog on self compassion, I thought it might be helpful to continue sharing some of my own personal and professional reflections. Particularly, regarding the difficulties we all seem to experience in recognising, and being okay with our own humanity, and inevitable imperfections. I would also like to share some exercises on…Read more »