5 Reasons To Stay Alive

5 reasons
Today is World Suicide Prevention Day.
This short video by Matt Haig, author of the EXCELLENT “Reasons to Stay Alive” (http://amzn.to/2ceNo4o) is beautiful, helpful, and important.
Please watch it.
And please look out for yourself, and your friends…and TALK to someone if you think help or support is needed, to get through the hurricane.
Hurricanes pass.
And so do periods of deep depression.
We just have to find ways to keep on going, until they go.
Click HERE to watch. 
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Do The Thing

 

 

FOXTATO

Here at Headcase we are in LOVE with Foxtato*.

And WE BELIEVE IN YOU.

You can do the thing.

Go do it.

* we would SO love to credit the creator of Foxtato, but after an extensive search, we have found no record of its origins. Which, of course, makes us want to know it even more! If you know….TELL US! :)

 

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Talking men

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Here at Headcase our mission is to make mental health something that EVERYONE can talk about.

Openly, easily and honestly, without fear or shame.

Children, the elderly, men, women – EVERYONE.

 

One section of our population who still seem to find it most difficult to talk honestly about their metal health, is MEN.

And the statistics for male mental health problems and male suicide, are truly shocking.

In 2014 the rate of suicides in the UK were registered as 16.8 per 100,000 for men, and 5.2 per 100,000 for women. 

The highest suicide rate in the UK in 2014 was for men aged 45-49, at 26.5 per 100,000.

 

It feels ghastly to use statistics like this. They’re so impersonal and cold.
It makes each person, each life, each story, and each family feel like a number on a list.

But these numbers illustrate a terribly high number of preventable deaths – with more of these in the male population than any other.

The video linked below, while painfully moving and sad, also offers real HOPE that there IS a way to overcome a moment of such despair, that ending life seems like the only way forward.

These men are very brave to share their stories. 

We at Headcase hope films like this, and projects like Headcase, can carry on opening people’s minds to the fact that

TALKING ABOUT IT CAN REALLY, REALLY HELP. 

And everyone should feel able to find the help they need, to do so.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDYAgurah8g

If you would like more information about this, or sources of support, try CALM https://www.thecalmzone.net or the Samaritans, as first ports of call.

And please, PLEASE keep talking about it, and looking out for your friends.

If they don’t seem quite well in themselves, or different in some way you can’t quite put a finger on but you don’t think is quite ‘right’, it might be worth gently asking if they are OK, and if they want to talk about it.

Talking in time, can save lives. 

 

The Headcase Team

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Mind pampering

look after your mindDespite all that we know about looking after our minds, we STILL pay far much more attention to our physical health.

We take our body to the gym to get toned, feed it avocados and goji whatsits, cleanse it, moisturise it, wax the little fiddly bits that stick out of our pants, and pay people with strong fingers a fortune to massage it when it hurts.

And our minds?

We tend to ignore them until there’s a system breakdown in mission control.

We need to treat our MINDS with the same care as our bodies. 

They need it, and that’s OK!

So the next time you’re off for a run, about to put on a face pack or just sit on the floor stretching our some tight muscles, take a minute to think about when you last treated your mind with some love and care . . . and give it some pampering too.

Here at Headcase we’re all about sharing tips and ideas, so if you have mind-pampering techniques that work for you,

please let us know :) 

 T: @myheadcase
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Filtering our mental health

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Clues to our general state of being and our mental health can be found in lots of our everyday behaviour. 

Posture, eye contact, skin tone, general self care, and so on.

But here’s new one; can your favourite Instagram filter reveal anything about our mental health – in particular depression?

This piece in Grazia today suggests that it might.

Certainly, at Headcase HQ we’ve noticed that when we’re feeling low, our photos tend to be darker, more sombre and bleak.

When life is good, the filters are set to light, bright and colourful.

So maybe, just maybe, your Instagram filter CAN say something about how you’re feeling.

Does this ring true for you too?

Get in touch, and let us know!

And here’s a thought…do you think that deliberately changing your filter could CHANGE your mood, for example make you feel happier if you chose brighter filters?!

It’s an experiment we might try in the office, on a gloomy day :)

(Oh, and Headcase is, of course, on Instagram.  Follow us – and analyse our state of mood if you like!) HERE.

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The Anxiety Survival Guide

Signs of anxiety

1 in 4 people in the UK will experience some kind of mental health ‘problem’ in any given year.

And probably the most common one, is Anxiety.

Just….don’t worry if it’s not. It might be. Either way, IT’S OK.

In 2013, 8.2 millions cases of anxiety were reported. And it’s a pretty safe bet that there were many thousands more.

Like chocolate bars and tropical fish, Anxiety comes in many shapes, sizes and colours, and no person’s experience of it is exactly the same.

This excellent article by Lola Borg in the Telegraph offers a personal view, and an Anxiety Survival Guide.

I don’t know about you, but that sounds pretty useful to us.

Now all we at Headcase HQ need to do is get our heads around the idea that drinking less coffee would reduce our anxiety levels . . and then put it into practice. Argh!

Keep all the fabulous feedback coming, sharing and Tweeting – and let’s keep de-mysifying everyday head wobbles.

The Headcase Team.

#whatsinyours #getaheadcase

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NEWSFLASH!

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HELLO FROM HEADCASE HQ!

As you can see from the photo above (except for the blank page, which would suggest otherwise…) we are working super hard behind the scenes, developing and planning lots of wonderful things for you.

And drinking a lot of coffee!

We have a shiny new team of people coming on board, a re-vamp and re-launch imminent, and

THINGS ARE ABOUT THE GET VERY EXCITING AND SUPER-AWESOME.

The new Headcase website will be going live soon,

Headcase is now on Instagram

and

the Headcase Podcast will soon be available on iTunes and Acast.

As if that’s not enough, we will be making vlogs.

Yes, that’s blogs, but with extra V.

Ve are blov-drying our hair AS VE TYPE.

Thanks for all the amazing support so far. Here’s to the next steps.

Together, we are rebranding mental health once and for all. And that’s a GREAT thing.

Speak soon. Stay strong :)

The Headcase Team.

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Men’s Health Week

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It’s Men’s Health Week. 

Obviously, EVERY week is men’s health week –  and indeed everyone’s health week.

We’d rather hope that people don’t just get to be healthy for one week of the year, and then sod off again to feel like shit until the next glorious week of good health!

But yes. This is the week (and, internationally the month) where men’s health – both physical and mental – gets thrust into the spotlight, and important health issues that are particular to men get the attention they deserve.

It’s a boring old tale, but sadly it remains too true; MEN ARE NOT AS GOOD AT TALKING ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH AS THE LAYDEEEZ.

Guys, this isn’t OK. 

OK?

You are human, just like the rest of us, so please stop feeling that you ever have to hide behind some Olde Worlde bollocks and unhelpful attitudes about men being Tough As Nails Made of Pure Tough, and accept that it’s OK not to be OK.

Those who accept that they are fallible, and admit their weak points, are actually tougher than those who pretend they’re coping well.

Especially when they’re not.

Here is a lovely piece by a gentleman chap called Seb Baird (https://twitter.com/sebbaird) about being a bloke who actually TALKS about mental health issues.  http://bit.ly/1sE4fUC

Read it, and share. Because, yes boys…IT’S GOOD TO TALK.

Thank you :)

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Writing the blues . . .

Belfast Book Festival

Headcase has just come back from the Belfast Book Festival, as part of a talk by creator Liz Fraser and poet and academic Carolyn Jess-Cooke about writing…and depression.

The link between writing and mental illness is well documented, and the list of famous, depressed writers - many of whom have documented it in their work - is (depressingly…sorry!) long.

There are few firm statistics about the exact numbers or proportion of writers who experience mental health problems, but certainly there’s a bank of evidence to suggest that writers have depression or manic-depression more often than non-writers.

The first question this apparent link raises, in my mind, is one of chickens and eggs.

Because in the big melting pot of life, one must be sure to know which is which.

Nobody wants to be served a boiled chicken or a roast egg.

And so the question is this:

Are people already with depression, or depressive tendencies, just more likely to be creative types like artists, musicians, and writers?

Or does the writing itself, or the lifestyle of a writer, CAUSE depression.

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Here is a TV interview about it, which starts at 1 min 26 seconds.

https://vimeo.com/130357326

And this is a list of little tips that might just help any of you out there who writer, or just work alone or are self-employed, so help stave off the blues:

  • Get outside every day. Every day!! Even a 5-minute walk can make ALL the difference to the way you feel.
  • Get some exercise. Endorphins are your friends.
  • Have a regular sleep pattern.
  • Eat well.
  • Don’t drink alcohol.
  • Go out and SEE PEOPLE.
  • Write in cafés! One conversation with someone in a queue or sitting next to you can brighten up your whole day.
  • Hire a desk in a communal writing place.
  • Use social media to chat with people, and stop feeling isolated. A good laugh on Twitter can rid many a dark writing gloom.

If you have your own tips and ways of avoiding the writing blues, we’d love to hear from you.

Drop us a line and let us know!

The Headcase Team. 

 

 

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