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    • Waves and Smiles
    • By Waves and Smiles 17th Mar 16, 5:23 PM
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    Waves and Smiles
    Here we can all be heard for a little while. Part 3
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    • 17th Mar 16, 5:23 PM
    Here we can all be heard for a little while. Part 3 17th Mar 16 at 5:23 PM
    This thread is a continuation of The Mental Health thread “Here we can all be heard for a little while Part 2”. The previous thread can be found here-

    http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=5320917&page=501

    I started the original thread when I was lonely and suffering with mental health issues and was lucky to find a wonderful group of amazing new friends who now mean the world to me. My name was Worried and Scared back then but with the help of everyone here I became Waves and Smiles. This thread is no longer just about me, it is about all of us and for anyone who needs mental health support, their carers and anyone who is interested in learning more. Sometimes we speak seriously, sometimes we offer gentle advice and a lot of the time we laugh together. Sometimes I write mini-novels about my experiences of living with complex mental illness. What is important is everyone here is there for each other. New posters are welcome to join in, or just lurk (we call them humming birds because they hover!) if they would prefer. This is a place without judgement or pressure, and a safe place for everyone. We try to keep abbreviations to a minimum but if there are some that you do not understand please ask.

    Sir Pugliet is our Good Mental Health pug! You may notice that he is mentioned from time to time, he is a little cuddly pug toy that was sent to me by a friend on the thread. He is something of a celebrity now!


    Hugs and warm handshakes, or finger squishes, whichever you prefer.

    Also, please take a look at the following links which offer great advice written by the lovely people at MSE!

    http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/news/family/2016/03/martin-lewis-launches-new-money--mental-health-policy-institute

    http://blog.moneysavingexpert.com/2016/05/16/the-money-and-mental-health-policy-institute-whatll-it-really-do

    http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/credit-cards/mental-health-guide
    Last edited by Waves and Smiles; 17-05-2016 at 10:29 AM.
    Until one has loved an animal a part of one's soul remains unawakened - Anatole France

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    • elsien
    • By elsien 10th Jan 19, 10:27 PM
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    elsien
    Please don't quote - it won't be staying up.

    All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.

    Pedant alert - it's could have, not could of.
    • elsien
    • By elsien 10th Jan 19, 10:32 PM
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    elsien
    I've seen a volunteering role at an old people's home which I would very much like to do. It to spend a few hours a week with them talking about the old days and helping the reminisce. The application says I need two references who can't be relations, and one of them must be a previous employer. I've been a housewife for nearly 30 years and do the odd days work in my husbands shop. I don't know any neighbours well enough to ask them, and I only socialise with family. I don't have any friends, I fell out with my only one 3 years ago and my social awkwardness has never made me very good at making ones. I feel like I'm doomed to be stuck at home forever, I don't have any skills to get a paid job and it appears volunteering is impossible now too. What can I do? I would love this role.
    Originally posted by dandy-candy
    Contact them to explain the situation with regards to employers - in yoursituation they'd probably waive that requirement. Who do you have contact with in the shop - is there anyone there who might be able to help? It doesn't need to be a friend or anyone close. They just need to know that you are who you say you are, that you're reliable and that you're not going to mug the old folks.
    All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.

    Pedant alert - it's could have, not could of.
    • onomatopoeia99
    • By onomatopoeia99 11th Jan 19, 7:30 AM
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    Gitdog looking enthusiastic and well behaved there!
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    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 11th Jan 19, 9:46 AM
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    Pyxis
    Yes, Gitdog looks like he's mastered the Dogagility after all, or does the camera lie?
    (I just lurve spiders! )
    INFJ(Turbulent).

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    • elsien
    • By elsien 11th Jan 19, 1:19 PM
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    He's a bull terrier. He does it properly occasionally. If he can be arsed. Otherwise he makes up his own course or has a bit of a relax while pondering whether or not to carry on.
    All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.

    Pedant alert - it's could have, not could of.
    • heartbreak_star
    • By heartbreak_star 11th Jan 19, 2:20 PM
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    Ahh those pics have made my day Elsien

    HBS x
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    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 11th Jan 19, 8:35 PM
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    Pyxis
    .

    Perhaps Gitdog could try singing and playing the piano instead?.............



    (I just lurve spiders! )
    INFJ(Turbulent).

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    • Artytarty
    • By Artytarty 11th Jan 19, 10:09 PM
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    Dandy Candy, your GP or dentist or similar may be happy to do this for you.
    Good luck.
    My GP gave me a ref for a volunteer job.
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    • dekaspace
    • By dekaspace 13th Jan 19, 12:37 AM
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    dekaspace
    I'm a bit panicky right now, when I came back at 7pm there was a few junkies congregating outside my flat obviously out of it, after 20 minutes I called police who moved them along but they came back 10 minutes later and shouted outside, and what sounded like my name.


    Then just after midnight had some rough guy walk through my garden and onto veranda and knock on door and window and when I peered out of curtain he saw me and shouted something.
    • Waves and Smiles
    • By Waves and Smiles 15th Jan 19, 1:36 PM
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    Waves and Smiles
    It is not encouraging when after your second PIP assessment the assessor says "I hope have done it right so you don't need another!" So do I...
    Until one has loved an animal a part of one's soul remains unawakened - Anatole France

    If I knew that the world would end tomorrow, I would still plant apple trees today - Martin Luther King
    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 15th Jan 19, 4:18 PM
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    Pyxis
    It is not encouraging when after your second PIP assessment the assessor says "I hope have done it right so you don't need another!" So do I...
    Originally posted by Waves and Smiles
    Has it been done now, WaS?
    (I just lurve spiders! )
    INFJ(Turbulent).

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    I'm in a clique! It's a clique of one! It's a unique clique!
    • jobbingmusician
    • By jobbingmusician 15th Jan 19, 10:44 PM
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    jobbingmusician
    OK, it's official that I am in some sort of a time warp. How can it possibly be so long since I've been on this thread?

    deka - that does sound horrid. Keep safe in your lovely home, and don't let the !!!!!!s grind you down!

    elsien - yay for Gitdog! And for his owner, who has shown great perseverance in training him!

    dandy - you've got friends here! Would it help if we put a testimonial together saying how helpful and supportive you are on this thread? Just an idea.....

    And AO - it's lovely to hear from you! Do post occasionally and carry on getting better!
    Last edited by jobbingmusician; Today at 12:04 AM.
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    • Waves and Smiles
    • By Waves and Smiles 16th Jan 19, 1:00 AM
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    Waves and Smiles
    Love the Gitdog pics! He looks proud of himself!

    I hope it's all done now, Pyxis. The assessor told me there would be at least a 6 week before I hear the outcome but it seems to be out of my hands now. She seemed to suspect I have Bipolar as that is what all of her questions were pointing towards which was interesting. We shall see what happens next!
    Until one has loved an animal a part of one's soul remains unawakened - Anatole France

    If I knew that the world would end tomorrow, I would still plant apple trees today - Martin Luther King
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