Recovery

Rise

It is a privilege to be able to support others in their journeys towards building a more meaningful life. I work in a prison and the community running groups and providing one to one support to individuals with a range of experiences and mental health challenges.

There are days that are tough, really tough. Days that I feel as though I can’t do enough for someone. Days that I struggle to manage my own wellbeing alongside supporting others and days that I see how unfair life can be over and over. Continue reading “Rise”

Recovery

The day’s work

Hands up who else has ever felt a sense of dread or panic, when faced with the age old question, ‘what do you do?‘ Those four bland words usually uttered pretty early on in an attempt to get to know somebody. The question almost always equates to a description of what we do for work; how we earn our money. I feel lucky to be able to say these days that I’m in a job that I quite enjoy, however it hasn’t always been this way. I have also experienced the shudder run down my unemployed spine when faced with this question.

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Recovery

 What is Normal?

“It is no measure of health, to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society” – Jiddu Krishnamurti.

This quote has always spoken to me. Especially on the days that I have struggled to get on with all that has been expected of me.

In the video below, Physician Gabor Mate discusses the concept of ‘being normal’ and how the values held by our society can greatly impact our emotional and mental health, along with our definitions of what ‘normal’ is.

Most prominent to me is how as a society we value human beings.  The tendency in most modern capitalist societies is to attribute a person’s value based on what they can both consume and produce as opposed to who they are.

I would be keen to hear any thoughts you have about this video, and how you believe as a society we should be valuing ourselves and others?

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