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A Bittersweet Father’s Day

Guest post by Darren Beggs from Bearded With Boys Father’s Day is usually a bit of a bittersweet day for me… on one hand, I am a dad to 2 of the most amazing boys and on the other hand,…

When I’m Anxious I Make Lists

Hi, I’m Michelle and I’m a listaholic. I make lists about lists and I list the lists I need to write. You see, list-making is actually a coping mechanism for anxiety. I wasn’t always this way. In fact, right up…

Let The Weight Loss Begin!

I’ve never really been concerned about weight loss. I’ve had moments where I’ve been unhappy with my shape but it never really got to me on any deeper sort of level. Something has grown this past year though (mostly my…

True Self-Care: Why Having A Bath Won’t Help You Cope

I wrote a post in the early days of this blog suggesting ways in which we can integrate self-care practices into our daily lives. The more I have thought about that post, the more I realise I wrong I was.…

We Need To Talk About Louis Theroux

Louis Theroux’s new documentary ‘Mothers on the Edge‘ aired last night exploring the severe side of postnatal mental illness. He spoke to several mums, their families, and clinicians at a mother and baby unit in England. I sat down to…

How Gender Stereotyping Is Hurting Our Sons

Today I watched the wonderful Vick Psarias-Broadbent from Honest Mum talking to Phil and Holly on This Morning about toxic masculinity and why it’s ok for boys to cry. Little did I know that shortly after watching this, I would…

How to Support Your Child Through Exam Season

Easter is behind us and it won’t be long until the Summer holidays are upon us. Before we look to time off though, many children and teenagers will have exam season to look forward to. I spoke to Katie Matthews…

Focus On Recovery – A Message of Hope

Excerpt taken from Pangs: Surviving Motherhood and Mental Illness by Michelle Bradley. Recovery is possible. This is her message of hope. I began therapy with a psychologist and after a few months of exploring my issues, I can safely say…

Health Service in Crisis

We seem to hear it almost every day, the NHS is in crisis. Hospital waiting times are up, bed spaces are down, mortality rates are increasing. In Ireland, the same thing is happening and the problem is staggering. Dr. Desmond…

No Mum Left Behind

Today is the third day of Maternal Mental Health Week in the UK and this is one of a series of posts discussing perinatal mental illness here at Blossom & Cave. Suicide is the biggest killer of women in the…

4 Ways To Support Someone With Mental Illness

Today is the first day of Maternal Mental Health Week in the UK and the beginning of a series of posts discussing perinatal mental illness here at Blossom & Cave. What is Maternal Mental Health Week? A week-long campaign dedicated…


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