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The Mental Health Coal Mine

It's Mental Health Awareness Week (9-15 May 2022) and the theme is 'loneliness'. Even though feeling lonely can make us more at risk of mental health problems, I would also say mental health problems can make us feel lonely. As I write this, I am almost five days clear of one of the worst depressive… Continue reading The Mental Health Coal Mine

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Ruth’s Roundup – April 2022

When I get a moment (they are few and far between, but few is still something, right?), I tuck into a book, read an article, come across a thought-provoking message and think, this needs to be shared. Ruth’s Roundup is a post released once a month where I will share with you some content I have been engaging… Continue reading Ruth’s Roundup – April 2022

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BOOK REVIEW: A Certain Brightness by Philippa Ruth Wilson

Published by Christian Focus (May 2021) This book has to be one of the best I have had the pleasure of reading and reviewing. Perhaps it is because it speaks so tenderly and compassionately to the weary, fragile soul. Maybe it is because it's beautifully written and is accompanied with sketched illustrations by Rebekah Lesan… Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: A Certain Brightness by Philippa Ruth Wilson

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The Mustard Seed Mum: When Patience Runs Out

https://anchor.fm/s/81cd0484/podcast/rss As I sit to write, someone decided now was a good time to pull out the world's noisiest leaf blower. It's like an outdoor vacuum cleaner. It's irritating. It's persistent. It's loud. And it's getting louder - still. How long is this noise going to disrupt the street? Not only am I trying to… Continue reading The Mustard Seed Mum: When Patience Runs Out

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5 glimpses of hope in despair

Have you ever had one of those moments in life that could have been lifted from a movie? A couple of days ago I was feeling incredibly low - the worst I had felt in a while - and went for a walk. It had been a pretty grey day but had stayed mostly dry.… Continue reading 5 glimpses of hope in despair

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The Suitcase

It's been a tough couple of days. The depression lifted for quite some time but decided to rear it's ugly head yesterday. After a wonderful women's retreat on Saturday with much praise, worship and reflection and getting a chance to share some of my story, I should have prepared myself for the valley after the… Continue reading The Suitcase

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An interview with Rachael Newham – self-harm, mental health and theology

It was fantastic to interview author Rachael Newham after having the opportunity to read her new book 'Learning to Breathe'. You can read my review here. She has been through the darkness of depression and writes from her experience which I believe has the potential to bless a lot of people and give them hope.… Continue reading An interview with Rachael Newham – self-harm, mental health and theology

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Learning to Breathe by Rachael Newham – BOOK REVIEW

At a time when I have been going through my own struggles with mental health, Rachael Newham's 'Learning To Breathe: My Journey With Mental Illness' was a timely read. It is her story of battling depression and how she overcame it. Before reading this book, I had very little understanding of what it is like… Continue reading Learning to Breathe by Rachael Newham – BOOK REVIEW

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An interview with Jo Swinney – belonging, writing and mental health

  This week Jo Swinney joins me as we talk about her writing journey, explore the meaning of 'home' and what has helped her through times of depression. You can read my book review of 'Home: The Quest to Belong' here. Happy reading! Tell us a bit about you - your background, your journey to… Continue reading An interview with Jo Swinney – belonging, writing and mental health

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I Thought There Would Be Cake by Katharine Welby-Roberts

I am delighted to review 'I Thought There Would Be Cake' by Katharine Welby-Roberts for the SPCK Book Club this month. With 'cake' in the title, I was immediately interested... Katharine invites the reader on a journey through some of life's challenges that can make us doubt our self-worth. The title reflects how life doesn't… Continue reading I Thought There Would Be Cake by Katharine Welby-Roberts