Just Listening To You is in the business of keeping calm, maintaining love for our brain and ensuring the well-being for your head; it’s that simple but vitally important.
Just Listening to You is a community group that listens to you, supports you and also provides help based on personal experience. We help you cope with all matters regarding mental health.
I often get asked what is mental health? The list is endless… Depression, anxiety, recreational drugs abused in the form of alcohol and narcotics, anorexia, bullemia, shcizophrenia, bi-polar, anger, body dysmorphic disorder, delusions, dementia, low self-esteem, post natal depression, post traumatic distress, tourette’s … I can go on… there are so very many states of depression I could take up the page and list each and every one of them, but then I guess you could too.
I have said on many occasions that Just Listening to You is about taking the taboo out of mental health. I have a mental illness, it is very much part of me and has been for a long time … it’s important to note that you live with it too, yep every time you meet me, you are dealing with the very part of me that I struggle to control… Depression.
Coming into the winter months, people like me will survive, I like this word, it denotes a winner! However, at times I am vulnerable and therefore I suffer. At times like this I must remind myself that I am not invincible, I must take extra care of myself and ensure I am surrounded by the right people. Let’s be honest and say, I have had times when I have stayed in bed, unwilling to face the day, but able to wallow in the treacle of depression as it slowly creeps up across me.
It’s important that I tell you, be careful what you say to me. Don’t say, “why are you depressed?” “Depression is a state of mind!” “Cheer up!” “Don’t be sad!” Send me a text, send me a card, leave me a flower … it never ceases to amaze me that when I am depressed all communication with the outside world ceases … that means I am a giver, I come to you all the time when I am well, I chat, I provide meals, I provide your entertainment, I provide friendship… but when I am unwell you take; all communication with you ceases … you forget who I am, forget I exist, forget my depression.
So remember, if you haven’t heard from me one day, your text, your flower, your card might be the very thing that I need to get out of bed.
So how do I cope? Do I Cope?
Have you thought of your mind, actually investing in it like you would a savings book, because your mind is the basis of our very being and if we don’t look after it, we lose. A mindfulness approach will help you keep your head healthy, it may challenge how you think about personal experiences, stress, bereavement, depression.
I am suggest training and maintenance that focuses on the mind; paying attention to the here and now, the present moment and also educating us in how to cope with stress.
We will focus on thoughts, feelings and behavior’s; enable you to challenge them, embrace the change that may be required and focus your attention on things that matter.
Just Listening to You isn’t only there for you in crisis, you don’t have to own a label, you don’t need to be unwell and suffering from depression, you just need to be mindful and care for your mind to keep it at bay.
At this particular time, I am running a cbt course, it is free of charge, however, we do suggest a donation to help the group survive.
Don’t be alone, ask for help from like minded individuals. Break the stigma. Email me and make a friend.