Author: Rachel Welch

100 thoughts Of An Insomniac

It’s 12:03am. I should probably go to bed. I’m not tired; 30 more minutes on Netflix is needed. 12:33am. That’s not too late, is it? Still not tired. I’ll watch something boring, that’ll do it. 1:23am. Still awake. Still not tired. Alarm goes off at 7am. If I fall asleep right now I can still get 5 hours and 37 minutes sleep. Brushing teeth, going for a wee and finding some pajama’s may take a few minutes; let’s call it 5 and a half hours sleep. I can function on that. Get into bed. Is that a child I...

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Insomnia: 7 Months In

We’ve all been there. A night that lasted forever spent tossing and turning and checking the time every few minutes. Midnight. 1:13am 1:42am 2:01am 2:22am Still awake. 2:32am How has it only been 10 minutes since I last looked? 2:41am This is ridiculous. 2:59am And so on. But what happens when that becomes your new normal? I’m just* emerging from a chronic wave of insomnia that’s lasted for just over 7 months… and counting. It took me until month 3 to even notice it was happening; such is the human ability to sometimes just keep going. The signs started...

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Self-poisoning: Why I Did It

Self-poisoning is back in the news today, with reports that more young teenage girls are using it as a form of self-harm than ever before. We’ve said before that self-poisoning is much more than the assumed suicide attempt. People also use self-poisoning or overdosing as a method of self-harm – how we distinguish between the two is by understanding the intent, and the only way we can do that is by talking to those who are struggling in this way and understanding how they feel and and what they’re going through – not easy when mental health services are...

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A is for Adrenaline… an A-Z of Anxiety

Everyone experiences anxiety at some point or another – it’s a normal emotion, and a little bit is actually a good thing  – but for some of us, it can be pretty debilitating and impact on every area of life. It can also be pretty difficult for those around us to understand, so here’s an A-Z of anxiety… from someone who knows it only too well. A is for Adrenaline. You know that fight or flight sensation you get once in a while? Well those of us with extreme anxiety get that feeling the whole damn day long; racing...

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Self-harm: a leading cause of death among early 20’s

According to Washington University, data suggests that self-harm was one of the leading causes of death among those aged 20-24 in 2013. It’s not clear what they define as ‘self-harm’ exactly, but either way it gives us a staggering insight to the scale of the issue – and finally acknowledges that adults are suffering as much a young people. Self-harm has long been associated with young people, most notably girls, but in recent years we’ve started to see a shift away from this stereotype, enabling young boys to ask for help and creating dialogue and awareness around the issue....

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