To help ease some of the stress that comes with Christmas, here are some tips;

  • Spend time with people, especially those who you can open up to and can lift your spirits - chats over the kitchen table with people that lift you up are priceless.
  • Learn to say no to social commitments.  Fear Of Missing Out is not worth it!  Christmas should be a period of rest also, not just a marathon of nights out and boozy dinners.
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World Mental Health Day Tues 10th October

I wrote this article in 2013 a few days after running my first Darkness into Light for Pieta House.  At the time I had no understanding of the trauma that affects the families who have experienced suicide, I was however still incredibly moved by the event having had many years of my own darkness.   Since writing this article 4 years ago I now unfortunately have an understanding of the trauma and devastation that families and friends have to come to terms with when a loved one takes their own life.  

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