Category Archives: Advice & Self-help

#kiltyoga is good for your health

What started as a bit of fun and as a video for the BBC Social in Scotland has made these men, internet sensations and rightly so.

The video, featuring both men in nothing but their kilts, socks and boots, originally posted 5 days ago, was something both men were told not to get too hopeful over. As I type it’s been viewed more than 44 million times and has thrust them into the media spotlight.

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#BellLetsTalk – Raising Mental Health Awareness

Mental illness is not something to be taken lightly. Regardless of what disorder or condition anyone suffers there should never be a reason that someone doesn’t feel comfortable to talk about it. It’s not a dirty word, it certainly isn’t anything to be ashamed or embarrassed of. Yet every single day people all over the world are suffering in silence, terrified of the repercussions that might come from opening up.

Today, across the internet you have probably seen people using the hashtag BellLetsTalk. It’s to raise awareness and to try and dampen that stigma that means that approximately every 2 hours, someone in the European Union (including the United Kingdom & Ireland) commits suicide.

Suicide is the leading cause of death among young people aged 20-34 years in the UK and it is considerably higher in men, with nearly four times as many men dying as a result of suicide compared to women. Those at highest risk are men aged between 45 and 59 years who have a rate of 25.1 per 100,000 population.

Some of the biggest stars of the EIHL are doing their part to raise awareness as well, including GMB Nottingham Panthers enforcer, Brian McGratten and the Coventry Blaze’s Barry Almeida. Sheffield Steelers tough guy, Guillaume Desbiens has previously participated in an awareness campaign for suicide.

It's day 12 of 20 common myths, misunderstandings or misconceptions about suicide and i'll say that this one particularly resonates with me. Believe me when I say that your friends and family are NOT better off without you. #askforhelp #20daysofawareness MYTH: If you take your life, people (family, friends, loved ones) will be far better off without you. TRUTH: An attempted or completed suicide has a profound and devastating impact on people left behind. Someone considering suicide may feel that they are a burden to others around them, and be unable to recognise the effect that their death may have on loved ones. Stay Alive App: CANADA: US:

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According to statistics, men are more likely to suffer in silence owing to the way that the media often tries to make men out to be weak if they share how they feel. Recently, campaigns have been more active to try and reduce the stigma and encourage men to speak out. Hockey players all over the world are trying to break that stigma and encourage those who are suffering to speak out.

Mental illness isn’t new in Ice Hockey, owing to the real risk of head injuries, concussion is always a possibility. This is why player safety and education is key to the progression of the game going forward and if players are speaking openly about struggles they have had owing to their injuries it might be the encouragement a fan might need to talk about theirs.

So perhaps jump on Twitter if you have it and share your story with the hashtag #BellLetsTalk and let’s start a conversation about mental health.

If you or someone you know is suffering with mental illness, please don’t suffer in silence. There is always someone there to help you and to listen without judgement.

Advice & Self-help | For your future self


I see people sharing inspirational quotes like this all the time. I’m the sort to scroll past them most often and even more likely to not even read what they say.

So why? You might ask did I choose to read this one, save it and then repost it here? Well I’ve not had a good week recently and this quote reminded me that even when I want to do nothing but lay on the sofa and sleep, I am strong enough to face what life has thrown at me.
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Advice | Thank you for reminding me


I was asked recently why I do what I do when interviewing people because I don’t work for a magazine or a newspaper or any “real” publication. It wasn’t something I’d actually been asked before by anyone and it made me think. Continue reading Advice | Thank you for reminding me