June 5, 2019

One of the activities I do on my mental health first responder workshops is around barriers. I ask the group to throw out suggestions for what the barriers are for people reaching out for support. Most of the time I get very diverse lists, with the usual suspects cropp...

March 4, 2019

Yesterday, I cried.

Well actually, if I'm being honest, I had what can only be described as a good old fashioned sob. Think snot bubbles coming out of your nose and a sound that is probably something like a hump back whale performing a duet with an alley cat (both of wh...

October 15, 2018

"Is there anything you might want to ask me?"

At some point during my initial consultation with someone I always ask this question. A lot of the time I'm met with a blank stare, or, very occasionally a look of panic. I can imagine the internal dialogue someone might be...

October 7, 2017

Part Two - Understanding the "why" of something. 

Do you understand how the air conditioning in a car works? I just looked it up on a website a minute ago and I'm not even sure I can explain it. It's quite a complicated process that goes on. What I can tell you is that...

September 20, 2017

Up in the Orkney Islands  they have the Churchill Barriers - four man made causeways covering 1.5 miles, linking the Orkney mainland to the smaller islands to the south. The work was done during the second world war, and completed mainly by Italian prisoners of war. It...

March 29, 2017

Who are your heroes? 

Those people you looked up to when you were younger, or maybe still do now you're older. The people who's words, actions or attitudes made a resounding impact on your life, or inspired you, motivated you and encouraged you. If we were each to make...

March 3, 2017

When I set up Compass Rose I had one idea in mind - I just want to be able to find and reach those people who are...

February 11, 2017

Anxiety. Depression. Stress. Self Harm. Suicide. Addiction. Grief.  

These are all words that we will be familiar with. Maybe we've suffered with them ourselves, or know someone who has. It's believed that 1 in 4 adults in the UK will experience some form of mental heal...

January 31, 2017

How does counselling help? Part One - The three pillars

“It’s just talking right?”

It surprises me how often counselling is referred to as “just talking”. I think there is still quite a veil of myth and mystery around counselling and what it actually is. While talking is...

January 2, 2017

Last month I was very privileged to be asked by Jamila's Legacy to help present an introductory workshop on men's mental health. It's an interesting topic for several reasons, most notably because it's not something that gets discussed much. The issues that men suffer...

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