Making a difference

Do you ever wonder if you make a difference? I do. Some days I wonder if I am doing anything useful at all, adding value, doing any good … Some days I just think … What’s the point? I can spend the day meaning well and working hard … and then make that classical errorContinue reading “Making a difference”

Bullying? Never Okay.

I recently delivered some training on workplace bullying, harassment and mental health. It is a sad fact that, while organisations big and small proudly claim that it is not tolerated, bullying is alive and well in all walks and stages of life. It got me thinking about times I have been the unfortunate recipient ofContinue reading “Bullying? Never Okay.”

Mobile Phones: Shackled or Connected?

Shackled to my phone? Maybe … just a bit. We hear about this a lot these days. Everyone is tied to their phones … addicted. “It’s social media! Fake news! Bullying! Time wasting! Removed from reality! A scourge on our society …” Well they may have a point but there are good things too …Continue reading “Mobile Phones: Shackled or Connected?”

Connecting physically from far away

If this last year or so has taught me anything, it is how reliant I am on the ability to physically connect with all those I love, whenever I choose. How incredibly lucky I have been over my life to be able to move around and travel, visiting the people that enrich me, nourish me,Continue reading “Connecting physically from far away”

Most of us have lost people we love…

Sometimes I can smell my dad. Not B.O. or aftershave. He gave up smoking many years ago and he didn’t drink near the end either, so it isn’t that sort of scent. Sometimes I can just smell my dad. Dad died five years ago after struggling with dementia and some other conditions that come withContinue reading “Most of us have lost people we love…”

What builds your energy?

What builds your energy? What brings excitement and power to your day? Do you find that some days are like making your way through a vat of treacle? That showing a bright and happy face is nigh on impossible and the thought of being ‘Positive Penny’ just exhausts you? It can happen to anyone. ItContinue reading “What builds your energy?”

Have you ever felt exposed?

I recently found myself exposed. Not in the…you have your dress tucked into your knickers after the toilet…or…you opened your mouth about something you have no idea about and showed your lack of any clue…type of way. No, I found myself exposed in the sensitive, vulnerable, letting others’ words and deeds get to you kindContinue reading “Have you ever felt exposed?”

What does giving look like?

I was recently talking to a member of the team about giving and sacrifice. We were looking at this sketch which they had sent through to me. Their take: “…people sacrifice a lot for others’ happiness – women do it – burn self and give to the family.  They have babies knowing they will haveContinue reading “What does giving look like?”

Dealing with stress – one size does not fit all

Some years ago, in the early 80s, I dipped my toe into nursing and found myself on night shift in the renal ward. The ward was predominantly full of women in their 50s and 60s, all with renal failure. It seemed odd to me and, being a curious young person, I asked the Matron… “AContinue reading “Dealing with stress – one size does not fit all”

Why me writing a blog about mental health?

So, why a blog? Why me? Why mental health? In particular, why me writing a blog about mental health? You could say I am passionate about mental health, run a business to help improve mental health and quite like to write, so a blog about mental health seems logical.