Episode 49 – How Can We Get Help?

Asking For Help

Asking for help can be one of the toughest things to do.  When we finally work up that courage, there are a few things that can knock us back down.  Being ignored or not properly listened to, having our struggle belittled and having advice shoved at us.  In this episode, I ask how we’re meant to get help when that’s all people do.  Warning: it’s not for the easily offended.  It carries an important message that we must share.  These are things we must change.  So why not listen?  See what you can do.  Look after others.  But most importantly: listen and take the time to understand.  You won’t be able to assist them otherwise.

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Talking Things Through
Practically Perfect

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Episode 48 – Advocacy Immunity

Advocates and Their Immunity – Myth?

It seems to be a common misconception that people think advocates have some sort of mental health immunity.  Like diplomatic immunity, it’s almost believed that advocates are exempt from some of the daily mental health struggles.  Is it true?  Is it something that you, perhaps, believe?  We have many myths, such as high-functioning depression, that are actually true, but is this one?  Truthfully, it always surprises me to hear it, but here I shall debunk the myth behind this.  Why not join me?

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Episode 47 – We All Need A Little Help

A Little Help

Every now and again, we all need a little help.  Sometimes there are things that we can’t do, and we need someone else to give us a hand.  Even in our mental health struggles, sometimes we need that support.

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It’s OK Not to be OK

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Episode 46 – My Battle With Borderline

Borderline Personality Disorder Awareness Week

Over the course of this week, we’ve been looking at Borderline Personality Disorder.  So, in this episode I talk more about my recent BPD diagnosis, how it affects me and how I believe I’ve had it for a lot longer than I initially would have suspected.  Why not join me?

Useful Links:
Mind.org.uk – Self-care for BPD
The Harrowing Void
Understanding Self-Harm

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Episode 45 – How Do I Make Others Understand?

The last two questions in my 6 Big Mental Health Questions series, we look at how to make other people understand and what we do after.  Difficult questions to answer, yet very important ones to find answers to, so I look into them more.

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Talking Things Through
Before the Morning
Overcoming Anxiety
Practically Perfect
Resources

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Episode 44 – Will I Ever Be Me Again?

Getting Back to Me

Will I ever be me again?  When struggling with mental health conditions, that question is often not far from us.  We wonder if we will ever get back to the way we were, before our illness.  In some cases, the illness is lifelong, but sometimes we get through.  So will I ever be me again?

In this episode, I also look at the third question in my 6 Big Mental Health Questions, which asks where we can find support.  After all, sometimes we feel like places of support aren’t so obvious, and they can be hard to come by.  Why not join me?

Any questions about this episode, please direct them to alex.davies@pushingbacktheshadows.com or visit any of our social media accounts to get in touch.  Remember you’re not alone!

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Our Resources Page
The Butterfly and the Diamond

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Episode 43 – How Do I Cope With This?


The second question in My 6 Big Mental Health Questions series asks the important one about coping with mental illness.  Whether newly diagnosed or not, a “veteran” sufferer or someone still finding their feet, it’s a question we’ve all asked at some point.  Well here are some of the ways I cope, some of the things that you can do and much more…with a surprise twist.

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It’s OK Not To Be OK
Successful Self-Care
Float, Don’t Fight
Knowing When Not To Fight

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Episode 42 – What Did I Do To Deserve This?

My 6 Biggest Mental Health Questions part 1 – What Did I Do To Deserve This?

We are told that we deserve what we’re going through.  If we are going through it, surely we deserve it, don’t we?  After all, we must have done something in a previous life, or we don’t have enough faith, or we’re just doing something wrong.  Or are we…?  In this 5-part series, I answer my 6 biggest mental health questions.

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Why I’m a Christian but Have a Problem With Religion

 
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Episode 41 – A Matter of Give and Take

What Do We Give?

In today’s world, there is a lot of emphasis on taking, but not so much on giving.  Sometimes we wonder what we have to give.  After all, we are mentally ill, so what can we give?  The answer is simple, and might surprise you.

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Episode 5 – Practise the Pause

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Episode 40 – Float, Don’t Fight


When I advertised the Harrowing Void on Twitter the other day, someone wished me luck for floating across it. That set me thinking…how often do we fight the currents and courses our mental health tries to take us down? Perhaps it’s better to just float. Why? Find out in this episode!

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The Harrowing Void

Practising Self-Care

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