I’ve always tried to be as honest and open as I can be with this blog. The vast majority of the time I’ve talked about my struggles with mental health in the past tense. I’ve written a lot about what has happened, rather than what is happening. But this time I’m talking about it just as I’m starting to feel myself slip into depression. I’m not sure why I’m even slipping. But I’ve been here enough times to know that I am. I’m finding myself more and more thinking “what’s the point?” and in general I just don’t have a…

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This time last year I was still suffering with postnatal depression. But since my wife and I were celebrating our paper anniversary together, I decided to write her a letter. Of course, at the time, I didn’t have this blog. So I had absolutely no intention of anyone ever seeing what I wrote. But since I’m quite public with a lot of my thoughts and feelings, I thought I’d share this. I’m mainly doing it to give you a little bit of an insight into my mindset when Isabelle was roughly 10 weeks old. This is virtually unedited to what…

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This time last year my feelings towards Isabelle were very different to what they are now. But unbeknown to me, they were about to change. On my first Father’s Day, a day that I really didn’t care all that much about, was when Isabelle smiled at me for the very first time. The Day That Kick Started My Recovery From Postnatal Depression It wasn’t until I started writing this post that I realised that this smile was captured on Father’s Day. I was scrolling through my Facebook to see what I said this time last year, and whether I mentioned…

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I’ve talked about mental health and postnatal depression quite a lot on this blog. And one of the things I’ve briefly touched upon is suffering from baby regret. So I’m just going to talk about that in a little more detail. Before I continue, I will say that I don’t suffer with baby regret anymore. At least not seriously. I’ll admit to occasionally having thoughts along the line of “life would be so much easier without you” when dealing with difficult moments. Especially when those moments bring about a lot of stress. I’m guessing that might be normal and it’s…

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When it comes to health and wellbeing, we are almost always willing to show support to someone after suffering a physical setback. If someone was to undergo surgery, there’s a strong chance you might be willing to visit them in hospital, or at the very least perhaps send them a ‘get well soon’ card. But what do we do when someone goes through a mental illness? Do we do anything then? I don’t think we really do. And that’s why I think something like the Happy Bag by Funky Pigeon is so important. So What is the Happy Bag? The…

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