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Mental Health Awareness week - Has silver helped you?

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Thank you for sharing your story. This was really interesting and thought provoking. 

I agree that the absolute key in life is to do something that makes you happy. I appreciate that this is not always possible, and indeed when you are low, it is impossible to even contemplate doing something nice. I know. I have been there. I have lost friends through my past inability to socialise and get out etc. However, the clouds do lift when you have the appropriate support and I was lucky enough that some friends did stick with me and did not give up on me. Oh! I also have a dog and can totally appreciate your perspective. He is my world and when he is not ignoring me, he is my inspiration.

I have only been on the forum for a very short while, but I have learned so much already from the members, including you! I find that the members on here are supportive, knowledgeable and caring. I agree that the forum is a very, very good free source of psychotherapy! 

Anyway, thanks again for sharing. That was really powerful.

Andrew

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@AndrewSL76 Thanks for sharing and commenting, it is not easy to talk about these kind of things, especially when you put it out there to the world. 

There was a lot more that I could have said and shared but the point of the video was not to get people feeling sorry for me, I am in a good place - it is to get the message out there that it is OK to feel down and just TALK ABOUT IT!!!!

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I retired early due to mental health issues (two work induced nervous breakdowns). 12 hours a day programming industrial control systems (PLC’s) knocked the stuffing out of me. Now I’m on about 20 tablets a day due to various issues brought about by stress.

I joined an engineering forum where I could pass on 40 years of experience. Engineering drawings and writing helped clear my mind as I was under no pressure.

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Passing through life, it is obvious that everyone has wobbles or more serious issues at some point. That much is very clear. Most people hide it or pretend they are ok. There are no exceptions. And, dont forget, the worst thing you can say to someone really struggling is “cheer up” or some such thing as it is the one thing that that person cannot do. I have listened to and tried to help so many people who have come across my path and some of the stories are breathtaking in the struggles they have had to go through or that life has heaved upon them.

100% talk to someone. 

 

One of the first things that goes to pot when someone is struggling is the finances. If families are involved, it can really cause heartache and even tear families apart.

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I really think this is a great video and I'm fully in favour of normalising talking about mental health stuff.

I think often people are reluctant to talk about it because they don't want to be a burden. The thing is, so often it takes barely anything to help someone. Don't get me wrong, there are people in my life I'd be happy to spend all night with talking them down off a ledge, but that's an extreme case. Many times I or someone I know has been in a rough spot, maybe just a bad day where the brain weasels come out to play, and a message or two with a friend checking in/offering a place to talk about what's stressing them can make a huge difference.

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