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Support Circles on Sundays

Hey everyone,

We're going to be running support circles once a month on a Sunday! At the moment they run on Tuesdays, but for one of those Tuesdays, each month they will be running on a Sunday instead.

This next Sunday support circle will be on 26 November. If you'd like to come along, (sign up by completing the form here )
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Chatwee Update

Update - There's been some technical difficulties launching Chatwee onto our website so we will not be moving to Chatwee on Thursday.

As soon as we fix this issue, we'll announce another date for launching. We're really sorry for the delay in Chatwee, thanks so much for your patience.
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Post of The Month (September)

Maisy is our Post of The Month winner voted by the community for the following post:

"Hey Shaunie,

​I care. I really relate to what you have been experiencing with the house falling apart, and things not getting fixed due to general shame of the state of the house and not knowing where to begin fixing things or who to contact (you don't want to come across rogue tradesmen). Not even having adequate heating and hot water. And clutter. Everywhere. It's horrible to live in such circumstances, I know. It's hard as well when you see everyone else living a 'normal' life and yet being unable to talk about your situation."
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'Depression' and 'anxiety' at a new job

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  • 'Depression' and 'anxiety' at a new job

    I've written a few things on here before about my situation with mental health.
    Unfortunately today of all days I came to the realisation that it probably is a lot worse than I thought.

    Today, I started a new job, it's my first ever job as I've spent my whole life so far in education. It's in the kitchen of a hospital, where I help clean things and take food to the different wards, it's incredibly faced paced and demanding. I was really excited but nervous to start this job - the prospect of finally having an income to get me out of debt made me happy. During my first shift today, which was only 5 hours, I found it increasingly difficult to work without watching the clock and waiting to leave.

    I'm already having bad anxiety about working tomorrow, I don't want to go back.

    Even though I haven't been diagnosed by a doctor (yet), I am aware that I possess traits, actions and thoughts of someone with depression and anxiety (I don't want to just say that I have it, as I don't want to disrespect anyone if I haven't been diagnosed with it). I've felt like this for the best part of 10 years, but only in the last year I truly come to realise it and understand it.

    I've realised how much the way I feel is affecting me, to the point where my first day of work ends in me having a breakdown.

    I want to go to a doctor about this, I've been on the fence about it for a long time, but I feel that I do need to start taking action now.
    The thing is, I don't know how to go about asking my new employer for time off to seek help as it's so soon after starting.

    I also don't know the course of action that would take place for me to get help while employed. I don't know anything about mental health and sick pay for this stuff. I'm 99% sure I won't get sick pay because even though I'm contracted to work a minimum of 20 hours a week, my role is 'temporary' (temporary in this job is anywhere from a few months to a few years) so I don't get the perks of sick pay.

    Part of me wants to leave this job, find something else more suited to my needs. (part time, 3 or 4 days a week so there's enough time for me to breathe, doctors appointments, etc) but I feel like I'd be such a disappointment to myself, my boyfriend and my parents if I left this job after less than a week after trying so hard to get one.

    If anyone has advice or knows the steps I would need to take to get help through all this I would appreciate it more than anything.

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    Hiya x

    If you go to your GP you will be able to get support and a diagnosis. if you opt for support you will be able to fit appointments around your work. and if you find it too hard at this moment in time and find you have to quit or take time off there is no shame in that, at this moment in time its about what's best for your wellbeing. try speaking to co-worker or your boss about it.
    the mix have an article about where to go to get support which you might also find helpful:

    If you have any other questions or need more support never hesitate to ask x

    All the best
    "Weave me a rope that will pull me through these impossible times"
    ~ Tim Finn

    - LAINE


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