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David’s Story

Here one of our Solent Mind staff members shares their story. Trigger warning: This post contains reference to suicide. "I first attended Solent Mind’s Solent Recovery College (SRC) as I was suffering from a long history of mental health issues; depression, anxiety,...

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Rosemary’s story

Our key workers go above and beyond the call of duty every day, they are vital lifelines for many of our community and their resilience as we face the biggest health crisis our generation has seen has been evident, we speak with front line worker Rosemary* to see how...

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Janet’s Story

Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU) Nurse, Janet* shares her experiences of supporting families and working on the front line. It’s 3 o’clock in the morning. I’m awake and happy with the quiet around me. The babies are asleep and a few Mums are snoozing, waiting for their...

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Kathryn’s Story

The Coronavirus pandemic has left a lot of parents worrying about how best to home school their children during lockdown. Primary school teacher Kathryn shares her advice… On the day the schools closed, it was really hard saying goodbye to the children in my class, as...

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Hannah’s Blog

The Howells family hit the headlines recently when their second child Wilf arrived slightly earlier than planned… in a supermarket car park! We caught up with Hannah and asked her to share her experience of Wilf's unconventional arrival and life with a newborn in...

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Staff Stories: Mental Health Awareness Week

Here one of our Solent Mind staff members shares their story. Trigger warning: This post contains references to self harm and suicide. "When I was 11, my Mum & Dad reconnected and he came to live with us. At first it was great, however we quickly learned that my...

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Karen’s Story

GP Locum Karen shares her experience of working during the Coronavirus pandemic and explains how her family is adapting in these complex times. Since the onset of the pandemic, I have seen very few patients in person… instead we have had to embrace rapidly developing...

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Sarah’s Story

Keyworker Sarah explains how Coronavirus has impacted her work and home life, and shares some of the ways she supports her young family with their mental wellbeing. "I work for a large department store which is currently closed, so as a result I’ve been redeployed...

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Brad’s Story

NHS frontline worker Brad shares how he is looking after his mental wellbeing during the coronavirus epidemic. "I’m a state registered Paramedic in the UK working for an NHS Ambulance Service trust during the outbreak of COVID-19. I have been a frontline employee with...

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An update from our CEO

Your Wellbeing and Coronavirus Message from Kevin Gardner, CEO, Solent Mind You will all be aware of the serious and growing public concerns about the spread of coronavirus. The situation is unprecedented in the modern day and has been declared a global pandemic by...

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Dom’s Story

Today (4th March, 2020) marks one year since well-loved Prodigy front man, Keith Flint passed away. He was only 49 years old. It’s true to say Keith Flint had unique style and flair. From his voice, to his dancing, to his clothes, to his hair, to even his stare,...

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David’s Story

I have been diagnosed and struggled with mental illness from my teens all through my adult life. I have anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and body dismorphic disorder (BDD). Up until a year ago, I felt ashamed and embarrassed that I suffered...

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Rob’s Story

Over the last eleven years, I have been on a journey through mental health services. I’ve supported my partner on her journey, and I have accessed services after I experienced a major breakdown and suicide attempt. Today, I work in mental health services myself,...

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Graham’s Story

I had been a drinker for many years as it was the culture at the time during my 24 years Army service. After having left the army for about 3 years, my drinking got steadily heavier and my self-esteem and moods got worse.  I was having nightmares and would awake at...

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