A Very Mental Christmas – Day 1 Podcast

The Christmas Crush

Do you struggle with managing your mental health at Christmas?  Do depression and anxiety keep you from enjoying the festive period?  Join Alex and Cheryl as they bring you their top tips for making it through a very mental Christmas!

Today, we look at Christmas shopping and how mental that can be. Join us for different ways that you can cope with the Christmas crush and how to effectively get through that!

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Episode 14 – Purpose in the Pain

Purpose in the Pain

A reader once asked me how I find purpose in what I’m going through.  Some people say there is absolutely no purpose in it whatsoever, no reason for them to be suffering.  In some cases, such as operations, you know what the purpose is before going into it.  In other cases, you find the reason as you come out of the darkness.  With mental health, I believe a different approach is needed.  Join me as I delve into it and see what you think.

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Episode 13 – One Day Too Late

One Day Too Late

Do you know someone who’s always late?  Regardless of how important the event is or what their role in that event is, they can be late.  Perhaps you’re that person.  With mental health, the danger is that there might not be time enough to leave things too late.  Given that people don’t talk about suicide or suicidal thoughts, we don’t always know what their intentions are.  The most common phrase surrounding suicide seems to be “I never knew they were suicidal” and yet surely the signs are there.

Join Alex in episode 13 as he discusses how to get conversations going surrounding mental health.  Don’t leave it up to them and don’t leave it too late.

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Episode 12 – Moutains

Mountains

Sometimes we have those mountains that we have to face.  From colossal obstacles to minute ones, we all have those challenges in our every day lives.  How do we get over them?  How do we deal with them?  Join Alex as he discusses some of the challenges he’s faced and what he’s done to overcome them.

 

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Episode 11: Social Media Depression – Real or Myth?

Social Media Depression

Sometimes social media can be a great thing, can’t it, but sometimes it isn’t as good as it’s cracked up to be.  Join Alex as he further explores the topic of social media depression and social media’s social mess to see whether the idea of this type of depression is real or not.  As he investigates to see whether it’s a useful communication tool or simply a social barrier that stops us from communicating, drop us a comment to let us know your thoughts on the subject!

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Episode 10 – Musical Therapy

Join Cheryl and Alex as they discuss the impact of music on their mental health!  Music can be such a wonderful therapeutic tool, why not tell us what you think?

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Episode 9 – A Look Back

Join Alex as he takes a look back at how Pushing Back the Shadows came about.  From his original blog to public speaking to podcasts, he looks a little at his journey.  Dive in!

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Episode 8 – Signs and Symptoms

How can you tell if someone is trapped in a panic attack or a depressive spiral?  The signs and symptoms aren’t always there, are they?  Or are they?  In Episode 8, Alex talks about some of the signs and symptoms that his friends recognise and look out for to tell when he’s not on such a good day.  Have you experienced any of these?  Drop us a comment below!

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Episode 7 – Self-Harm

Self-Harm

In episode 7, we look at all the varying aspects of self-harm.  A heavily stigmatised topic, we look into reasons why people would self-harm, what they get from it and more.  If you want more information, check out our Understanding Self-Harm series.

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Episode 6 – The Meditation

The Meditation

I thought we would try something a little different today.  In today’s episode, we’re looking at a meditation that will help you relax.  Why not check it out?

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