Filter: Year 2017

Caregivers, Carers, Mental health
3 December, 2017

Apologies to start this with a feast full of negativity ... but I look at a hospital visit that I experienced with my loved one with ill mental health this year as a particularly tough experience.

Being shouted and sworn at, told how horrible I was (for trying to help) and over 30 people in a busy waiting room staring at me was probably not one of my life highlights ... and actually I understand it ALL!

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Mental health
8 November, 2017

Christmas is the time for festive cheer, sparkles, celebrations and dressing up as an elf (oh maybe that one is just me).

I really love the run up to Christmas, more than the actual day to be honest! I love mince pies, decorations, fairy lights, trees with angels on top, socialising, smiles ... laughter .... basically EVERYTHING!

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Mental health, Suicide prevention
22 August, 2017

It's almost 2017's World Suicide Prevention Day (10 September) A day aiming to provide international awareness for action in preventing suicides. 

Every year, more than 800,000 people die by suicide. For every person who dies by suicide, 25 more attempt to end their own lives.

Behind these heartbreaking figures is a story belonging to each and every individual who has at some point questioned their existence in the world.

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Mental health
8 August, 2017

My heart truly aches for anyone who experiences depression, I think it even skips a beat when I think about someone encountering such an insidious and isolating disorder.

Anyone who experiences depression and lives daily with the heavy black cloud following their every move really is a hero in my eyes.

I really don’t believe that there is one fix for anybody’s depression but I have put some thoughts below on areas that may help...

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Caregivers, Carers, Dementia
30 May, 2017

Meeting psychological needs (such as someone's sense of belonging and how they feel about themselves) is at the core of person-centred care, which is often viewed as the best practice for offering care and support to individuals living with dementia.

Person-centred dementia care seeks to enhance the well-being and empowerment of people living with dementia, regardless of their cognitive functioning. In adopting a person-centred approach to dementia care, it can lead to an enhanced quality of life and increased sense of well-being for both caregivers and individuals living with dementia.

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  • An interview with Claire Grover-Forde
    29 May, 2020

    Rebecca speaks to the lovely Claire Grover-Forde who is a Support with Confidence PA. Claire has been working as a PA for four years and within the Health and Social Care sector for ten years. 

  • An interview with Dominic Cardall
    12 May, 2020

    Rebecca speaks to the lovely Dominic Cardall about his wife of 33 years Gill.

  • An interview with Charlotte Carp
    5 May, 2020

    Rebecca speaks to good friend Charlotte Carp whose mum lives with a rare form of dementia: Posterior Corticol Atrophy (PCA).