Mindfulness–Back to the Here and Now

You’ll have to forgive the warm fondue texture of the cliché I’m about to hit you with: most of us are so busy thinking about the past or the future that we completely forget to unwrap the gift before our eyes. The gift: the present. Get it? I’ll get my coat… In recent times I’ve … Continue reading Mindfulness–Back to the Here and Now

Traversing the Rabbit Hole of Depression

Depression is an issue that has dogged me for a lot longer than I’ve been prepared to admit even to myself. It’s tough to describe how it feels. It’d be easy to say that it’s a sensation of feeling perpetually sad and gloomy, but I don’t think that’s accurate at all. In my own experience, … Continue reading Traversing the Rabbit Hole of Depression

Living the Dream Part 21 (Writing Is My Coping Technique)

I’m tying in this series to Mental Health Awareness Month as I feel the two are quite substantially linked. This series has always predominantly been about my writing and offering an update on how it’s going. In this edition, I’ll talk about why I write. The reason only became clear to me once I was … Continue reading Living the Dream Part 21 (Writing Is My Coping Technique)

(P/HW)xB=R

(This was a post I composed over a year ago and decided against posting on my blog as it was a bit of a sensitive subject. You will see by reading this how much my attitude towards depression and personal problems have changed.) More ardent readers of my blog will recall a flash fiction story … Continue reading (P/HW)xB=R

Mental Health, Un-Masked (A Guest Post By summerSHINES)

Here’s something new. Thankfully it isn’t the Casper Slide Part 2. It is, in fact, the first ever guest post on The Adventures of an Average, White Man… and the honour frankly couldn’t have gone to anyone more fitting in the circumstances. When I decided I wanted reader’s thoughts to feature somewhere during Mental Health … Continue reading Mental Health, Un-Masked (A Guest Post By summerSHINES)

Why Am I Here? (Flash Fiction)

Why am I here? Why have I chosen to sit in this godforsaken waiting room? What an utter waste of time! I look around and not a single pair of eyes look back at me. They’re either directed at the floor or staring into space. All four of the other waiting people look awkward. One … Continue reading Why Am I Here? (Flash Fiction)

Why Is Mental Wellbeing So Important?

The question posed in the title might seem a little weird because who in their right mind doesn’t think mental wellbeing is important? Surely, everybody knows that feeling okay in the mind is a requisite to feeling okay in general. Actually, I’m not convinced a lot of people do know that. I would say worryingly … Continue reading Why Is Mental Wellbeing So Important?

Anxiety–What It Means to Me

Thank you for reading this latest of posts in my mental health awareness series. I feel somewhat of a charlatan in that I was always extremely blasé where mental health was concerned until it hit close to home and affected me very personally. For that I can only apologise to those people who have suffered … Continue reading Anxiety–What It Means to Me

The Scars We Don’t See

Have you ever looked at a person, be it somebody you know or a perfect stranger, and wondered what might be going on inside their head? It’s not something I’ve done often where strangers are concerned, and, when it comes to people I know, I’d rather not make assumptions. It’s really quite annoying when somebody … Continue reading The Scars We Don’t See

Stigma & Mental Health

I’ve written a whole bunch of posts related to mental health over the last few weeks in preparation for Mental Health Awareness Month. This morning, I scheduled the introductory post for Monday 1st October. As I was arranging it, I realised that one post missing from the lot was one themed around stigma, arguably the … Continue reading Stigma & Mental Health