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“I would definitely take the gift of empathy to my 16 year old self. The financial and emotional issues I’ve experienced have made me more open-minded” #debtawarenessweek2019

Our project assistant Marie shares her own experience of debt and mental health as part of our Age and Wellbeing series. One question our volunteers and training participants have been considering as part of our latest theme is ‘if you could take a magic pill and go back to being 16 would you take it?‘ […]

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“Opening up makes all the difference. It takes away the nightmares.” John’s Story #TimeToTalk

Recently our Community Correspondents interviewed each other as part of our age and wellbeing series. John has a powerful story to share, emphasising that it’s never to late to seek support and talk about mental health. #TimeToTalk I feel good in my sixties. It’s only in the last seven years that I’ve been able to […]

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“I’ve had bad experiences, but I wouldn’t go back and try to change them”- Maureen reflects on age and wellbeing

Our Community Correspondents recently interviewed each other as part of our age and wellbeing theme. Today we share Maureen’s reflections. Do you know what? I’ve had some bad experiences, but I wouldn’t go back and try to change them. You can’t change the past. As I’ve got older I’ve learned a lot. That’s mostly good, […]

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“Don’t let stuff get you down, get back up again” – a short animation by members of GAMH Young Carers on managing mental wellbeing

Our current Mind Waves theme is age and wellbeing and we were recently very lucky to work in partnership with GAMH Young Carers group. The young people spent some time exploring the things in life which help them to manage their mental health. We supported them to take the lead on making some animations to […]

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“Through trial and error I have finally learned what I need to do to maintain my wellness” – Angela on how self management has changed with age.

We are delighted to present the first post in our Age and Wellbeing series from writer and mental health activist, Angela McCrimmon. How has changing age affected my mental wellbeing?……..Getting older is a privilege denied to many and there have been a few times in my life when I didn’t think or even want it […]

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Introducing our new Mind Waves theme – do you have something to say about ‘age and wellbeing’?

Recently our Community Correspondents interviewed each other about what their 16 year old self would tell them now. Our conversations brought up so many interesting ideas and questions that we have decided on age and wellbeing for our new Mind Waves theme. Age, and attitudes towards it, can hugely influence how we feel about ourselves. […]

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‘Your worth cannot be measured in pounds, inches or size labels’ – @FuzzyPeachGirl explores the true cost of body shaming

You may have seen that, earlier this week, broadcaster and actor Jameela Jamil publicly called out multi-national cosmetics brand Avon for a manipulative advert targeted at women. The company soon apologised and withdrew the ad, saying they had ‘missed the mark’. Of course, as with all of these things, I can’t help but suspect this […]

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