Give Up (Poem)

If the shoe simply doesn’t fit… Try on another pair. If they don’t care about you… Tell me, why should you care? If you’re swimming against the current… Maybe you can’t resist. If it’s dragging you downstream… Perhaps you should desist. If the odds are strong against… It’s not always wise to fight. If you … Continue reading Give Up (Poem)

Depressed Mitch (Flash Fiction)

Kevin perched on his usual telephone wire and surveyed all that was happening around him. It had been a routine day for him so far. He’d been to the park that morning to fight against his fellow starlings and a couple of pigeons for the food thrown by the usual human. Pigeons were tough, but … Continue reading Depressed Mitch (Flash Fiction)

Readers’ Thoughts

As promised at the start of Mental Health Awareness Month, I’ve been amassing the thoughts of readers and, although the quantity perhaps isn’t what I’d hoped it would be, the quality is superb. I have four separate statements from four very unique individuals with different stories to tell and different mental health struggles to deal … Continue reading Readers’ Thoughts

The Easy Way Out… (TW)

TRIGGER WARNING: Some readers may find the subject matter unsettling. To be honest, I feel a little nervous heading into composing this post for a variety of reasons. The thing is that it’s sort of unavoidable when discussing mental illness for the simple fact that if such ailments aren’t treated in the correct manner then … Continue reading The Easy Way Out… (TW)

You Can Help

This post is aimed mostly at those who aren’t suffering from a diagnosed mental illness. It’s more of an appeal than anything. If you don’t suffer or never have suffered from a mental illness then you may find it very hard to understand what a sufferer might be going through. You may see a problem … Continue reading You Can Help

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

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)

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