It’s the first of three days off for me which, followed by the weekend, gives a nice five day break. This is the school half-term holiday week so I’ve always tried to take at least a few days off.

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Today is World Mental Health Day, a day for mental health education, awareness and advocacy against social stigma.

Although it is widely recognised that (in the UK) 1 in 4 people will experience some form of mental health issue each year, the stigma surrounding it is still so great as to stop people seeking help.

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I didn’t really explain part of what I meant when I wrote:

“And that’s what I want to separate: the role itself from what it means to you as a person and what it allows you to be.”

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While I have been exploring my thoughts around depression in recent months a couple of posts stood out as I tried to catch up on my RSS feeds.

Firstly, in stark contrast, Austin Kleon posted “Notice when you are happy” in which, via a passage from Kurt Vonnegut, he reminds us to acknowledge when things are good.

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I did something today that I don’t normally do.

My job is predominantly reactionary requiring fast response times so the tendancy is to get stuck in situ. If I leave the building it’s only ever to grab a sandwich which I’ll then eat at my desk.

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Two years ago today I quoted Ben Thompson of Stratechery saying that, rather than try to hide it, Apple went out of its way to emphasise the presence of the notch despite it being controversial.

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Yesterday was the anniversary of my decision to step back from the blog, a reflection of my realisation/admittance that things weren’t good on the mental health front.

It’s been a rollercoaster year.

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The poem “The Stream” was an illustration that depression is often contextual.

We’re currently on holiday and the stream in the poem is in one of my favourite places: The Trough of Bowland, a jewel hidden within the wider Forest of Bowland area of natural beauty.

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This past week I have deliberately and drastically reduced my phone usage; there have even been times when I haven’t carried it.

It felt strange at first but then it became liberating.

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I’m on holiday this week so posts are likely to be a bit thin on the ground. I’ll be having quite a digital free few days.

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It’s raining for the first time in what seems forever but I don’t reach for my umbrella; it’s refreshing, a gift, makes me feel alive.

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