With my Open University studies over for another year, I thought I’d share some advice on how to minimise stress levels ahead of the big assignments.
So many talented people become frozen by the fear of their creations not being good enough. I hope this essay can help you overcome your self-doubt and discover the artist your heart knows that you are.
The world needs your art, now more than ever.
As a support worker, I am trained to use person-first language when discussing autism, and to refer to clients as being a 'person with autism'. I have been forced to question this, and to consider whether the language we use is beneficial, or whether it could inadvertently be causing harm.
It's so difficult when you realise someone you care about self-harms. Here is some advice on how best to support them.
'The Big Talk' doesn’t happen in reality. You may think you are going to have it, but you won’t. If somebody is so guarded, so vulnerable, they aren’t going to tell you everything at once, not if there is a risk of losing you.
Outsiders looking in wonder why victims stay with their abuser, why they don’t walk away after the first time. They stay because the emotional violence inflicted removes hope. The abuser convinces you that nobody else would want you, and that you cannot survive on your own.
This open letter was written for a wonderful book called 'The Recovery Letters,' written by people who have suffered with mental illness to those who are suffering. It was an honour to contribute towards it, and it is highly recommended for anyone who struggles with mental illness.
When people are struggling, they are often advised to seek counselling. If you have never done so before, it can be scary to think of opening up to a stranger. This essay explains why it will help you to do so.
"One of the most insightful works I've read on mental health problems in men ... very well-written and a real page-turner. I would recommend it to anyone.
Dancing With Disorder
"It communicates a deep understanding of troubled individuals who suffer from the challenges of mental disorders ... Courageous, wise, humorous and thought-provoking ... an easy-to-read, surprising and subtly moving chronicle.
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