Episode 38 – Dying Light: A Life With Depression

Dying Light…a survival game full of zombies, thugs and terrors of the darkness.  You are a GRE operative tasked with retrieving a stolen file and you get caught up in the middle of the quarantined and infected city of Harran.  But…what does this have to do with mental health?  Take a walk with me as I bring a refreshing and surprising twist on this amazing video game!

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A Frank Discussion feat. Hope Virgo – Eating Disorder Awareness Week

We are very pleased to welcome Hope Virgo, author of Stand Tall Little Girl, to our podcast to have a discussion about eating disorders.  For our Eating Disorder Awareness week, we are looking at the issues surrounding anorexia and bulimia, what people who suffer with them go through and much more!  In this episode, Hope talks about her own struggle with anorexia and has an important message for others who struggle.

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Episode 37 – The Importance of Informed Choice

When we see a doctor about mental illness, whether it’s getting diagnosed or a follow-up appointment, we often feel as though we’ve been left uninformed or sometimes even misinformed.  With little time in which to see people, doctors are forced to rush patients through but at what cost?  At the cost of the information we need?  In this episode, I look at the importance of informed choice when choosing between therapy and medication.

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Episode 36 – Dealing With Disapproval


It doesn’t seem to matter how hard we try, there are still people who will disapprove of what we’re doing.  Whether it’s been thought through brilliantly, made with everyone in mind, there are still people who will disapprove.  Often it can feel worse with depression or other mental health disorders, but how do we deal with that?

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Episode 35 – A Protective Factor


Following the suicide of Amy Nice, 21, I look at the benefits system, the care she received and the responsibility that should be taken.  I examine the “protective factor” that medical staff identify and reveal why I believe it is a load of rubbish.  Why not join me?

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Episode 34 – Medication Mentalities


Medication vs therapy vs other approaches…it’s an age-old debate nowadays.  Plenty of people take medication, plenty say therapy helped them, plenty say that you should never touch medication.  So what is the right answer?  I discuss that in this episode, breaking open both sides of this controversial topic and see what the best approach is.

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Episode 33 – Trudging Through the Sludge


Sometimes life throws a lot of sludge and mud at us and we have to find our way through that.  Trudging through the sludge can be difficult, but here is a take on it that you might not expect.  Why not check it out?

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Episode 32 – Not About the Solution

In our world and societies, we have a tendency to focus on the solution, the end result, the goal.  Businesses look at their finances and where it will take them, in employment managers look at “where do you want to be in x years”, and in our own medical struggles, we look at what the end result will be.  It doesn’t seem to matter how we get there, as long as we get to where we want to go.  But is that what it’s all about?  In this episode, I look at why I believe it is not all about the solution.

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Episode 26 – Depression the Liar

Depression can be such a convincing liar, don’t you think?  It’s easy for people to tell us that it’s lying to us, but so much harder for us to convince ourselves otherwise.  In this first part of my depression journey, check out on of its many facets.

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Episode 25 – Suicide Watch

When someone is struggling with depression or bipolar or other mental illnesses, the risk of suicidal thoughts or tendencies is a very real one.  But what do we do with that?  How do we, as friends and family members, support someone who is struggling with those suicidal notions?  How do we deal with it?  In Suicide Watch, we crack that topic wide open and give you some of the tools you’ll need to deal with it.

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