Episode 39 – The Next Chapter


I love reading, I love books and for some reason, chapters resonate with me.  We all have these unwritten chapters, as I’ve mentioned before, but what about the other chapters? This is my next chapter, my new diagnosis, and a big secret I’ve not yet told anyone…

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Episode 38 – Dying Light: A Life With Depression

Dying Light

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?  I’ve talked about how I love video games, but this is different.  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 Disorders with Hope Virgo

We are very pleased to welcome special guest 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.  Join Cheryl and Alex as they discuss it with her.

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Episode 37 – The Importance of Informed Choice

When we see a doctor, how often do we feel like we’ve been given the choice?  They are quick to offer solutions.  Medication.  Therapy.  But do they tell us what the consequences are?  Are our choices informed?

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Episode 34 – Medication Mentalities
#MedsWorkedForMe
Drugs Don’t Work

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Episode 36 – Dealing With Disapproval


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.  There are many different mentalities.  Plenty of people take medication, plenty say therapy helped themPlenty 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.  The answer might surprise you!  Why not join me?

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Episode 33 – Trudging Through the Sludge

Trudging Along

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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#MedsWorkedForMe
Drugs Don’t Work
A Tweet, A Trigger, A Minefield
Owning the Struggle

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Episode 32 – Not About the Solution

Our Solution Focus

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 31 – Hope For the Best

The Best and the Worst

Do you wonder how we can get through a life with depression, anxiety or other mental illnesses?  How do I manage, what kind of motto would I live by to get through?  I share my secret here!  I’ll give you a clue…it involves hoping for the best!

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Whispers of Hope
The Light of Hope

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