12 months

I write for comfort and it’s my way of dealing with it all. It helps me instead of talking. I have been through tough times in the past, which may or may not have been my own doing, but I have come through them so I know I can get through this. Nothing will change, the void my brother left will always be there.  I will move forward and keep my brother close to my heart with the memories we shared. I will do the things that I set out to do and forget the things I can’t. I will follow my path and accept my destiny.

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Losing my little brother

My name is Mark, and almost a year ago, I tragically lost my little brother, Michael, who was 45 years old. He had an accident at work. My life changed forever and the days, months, and years ahead were now so different. No words can describe the mountain and challenges faced by my family and I.

 I recently wrote down some thoughts on paper for Mindfizz about losing Mick. It isn’t much, but really sums up both my love for Mick and how writing can help to express deep emotions.

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Mindfizz meets: Chloe...aka "the goddess rituals"

When things don’t go our way and we encounter challenges, it’s the most incredible ground to get to know ourselves more intimately. You just can’t breeze by in life when something painful comes up – you’ve got to go deeper. Mental health for me is about feeling peaceful in those challenges rather than feeling fearful or helpless. I try to work through each bump I encounter, safe in the knowing that there is healing to do... and embrace the chance to get to know myself a little better. 

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Mindfizz meets: Lewis Moran

Mindfizz meets Lewis Moran who shares his views on how he looks after his mental health, "Self care to me is...exercise, it helps me. It releases really good endorphins and settles my mind, and relieves stress. Music has always has meaning to me, it uplifts my mood. I also like to learn about mental health through books, it really helps stock my toolkit for when I have anxiety!"

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