Bernadette Sarginson

What armour do you wear during difficult conversations to avoid showing your vulnerability?

What armour do you wear during difficult conversations to avoid showing your vulnerability? We all do this to varying degrees as a form of self-protection, whether you realise it or not. I’ve learned to see the other person through the filter of compassion if ever I start to feel defensive or notice the focus moving …

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Did my mobile phone screen-time experiment for #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek2019 work?

Last week I committed to reducing my screen-time contact to two longer sessions a day, and resisting the urge to check it in-between times. Did it work? Yes. To an extent. One of the best things about this experiment was that it brought my phone usage fully into my conscious awareness. This felt very empowering, …

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Stress is a Killer. There is no doubt about that. What can we learn from the students struggling in today’s education system?

During Mental Health Awareness Week 2019, the week my eldest daughter embarks on her GCSE’s, I wanted to explore this issue to see what lessons we can learn. The world of education has shifted compared to when I was studying rather a lot of years ago, and in today’s world there seems to be a …

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Have you ever looked for a 4-leaf clover? If you have, did you find one?

Have you ever looked for a 4-leaf clover? If you have, did you find one? It’s all in the mind! You’ve probably heard the saying that you have to ‘see something to believe it’? Well I believe it’s far more powerful to think of this the other way around – you have to believe something …

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Why the most important relationship you will ever have is with yourself

When you were born, you entered this world with precisely nothing – just you, yourself and your consciousness.   The only automatic preconditions you instinctively had were a fear of falling (being dropped) and a fear of loud noises. Everything else is what you have either learned directly from the influential people around you such …

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Why is there still such a stigma when mental health issues affect everyone?

Show me a room full of 100 people, and I will show you 100 people who have almost certainly all, at some point in their life, experienced some form of mental health issue. Maybe not a serious issue and maybe not a constant issue, but the likelihood is that you, me and the next person …

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