Thinking of Places We Love to be together, while space is between us

This week through poetry we are considering a feature of Lockdown where we are together by telephone or online but we are missing our physical spaces where we meet together. The following poems remind us that we are still emotionally connected even though we are physically separated. ‘Places We Love’ by Ivan V. Lalic (extract)Continue reading “Thinking of Places We Love to be together, while space is between us”

Be Kind

Kindness is a subject we talk about often in the group. In fact we published a blog on this two weeks ago so we are delighted that it is the focus of this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week. We couldn’t agree more. The smallest acts of kindness can have a profound impact such as aContinue reading “Be Kind”

Light-hearted humour during lockdown

Throughout this challenging period of time in which we have all had to deal with so much fear and uncertainty, one thing that has been really helpful for some has been the use of humour. The memes and jokes people have received have provided some welcome respite, raising spirits and maintaining a connection with others.Continue reading “Light-hearted humour during lockdown”

Be kind to yourself during Covid-19 Lockdown

The current social distancing guidelines and living in self isolation means that many of us will have had to meet with ourselves in these times.  Where ordinarily we would be with others we may now be alone, where we would find distraction and comfort in going to other places we are now at home.  WhereContinue reading “Be kind to yourself during Covid-19 Lockdown”

The cookie thief (by Valerie Cox)

A woman was waiting at an airport one night, with several long hours before her flight. She hunted for a book in the airport shops, bought a bag of cookies and found a place to drop. She was engrossed in her book but happened to see, that the man sitting beside her, as bold asContinue reading “The cookie thief (by Valerie Cox)”

The time we Spring Cleaned the world

The world it got so busy There were people all around, They left their germs behind them, In the air and on the ground These germs grew bigger and stronger They wanted to come and stay They didn’t want to hurt anyone They just really wanted to play Sometimes they tried to hold your handContinue reading “The time we Spring Cleaned the world”

Getting help before a crisis

This week’s topic was set a couple of months ago, but as many nations in the world readjust to lockdown it is important that we, and our policy makers attend to looking after our mental wellbeing.  We had not anticipated that the whole world would be in a crisis.  We are in this together; thereContinue reading “Getting help before a crisis”

Where would I like to (virtually) visit?

*Due to the current CV-19 world health pandemic and how it affects us all we felt it would be good to have a look back at a group we did a couple of months ago.  We hope doing this can provide some hope in what are uncertain times.  We also hope  through this health crisisContinue reading “Where would I like to (virtually) visit?”

Supporting those left behind by suicide

When people’s lives are tragically impacted by suicide this can feel extra difficult because of the stigma which sometimes still exists in society.  People may feel they don’t know how to address it or speak about it.  It can feel very lonely, a disenfranchised grief and the impact on the person left behind can lastContinue reading “Supporting those left behind by suicide”