About this place & contact details »

[ Update ] It has been five years since I was diagnosed with depression and the fight is being won!

During this time I have learnt a lot. About myself and about the mental health issues which men face.

So often the experience is failure by the health service and society in general to help in a timely meaningful way.

For a calm man this makes me angry!

So my message to all you guys out there is simple..

If you are suffering … you are not alone…

The good news.. There is a wealth of friends and support to be drawn on… you just need to ‘think outside the bloody box’ and seek it out!

So let’s ‘man up’, open up and work together .. For like cancer … Depression can and will be beaten!

Where it all began…

Well hello and welcome friend…

This is important as it was Day 1 Minute 1 of the Reworking of Joseph in the early hours of 16 Feb 2013 when I wrote this!

You see for a little while now I have been suffering what has recently been diagnosed as depression. Little did I know! It has sort of crept up on me over many years, of this I am certain.

With recent challenging events in my life it has been thrown into sharp focus and like any corned rat it has struck out with quite some ferocity. Taking a fair old bite at me and out of me!

So … now that my feelings are reasonably low it is time to put the brakes on and start the, hopefully steady, if challenging climb back to where I was and, maybe, to better things as yet!

So there we have it… an introduction!

Just need a parting quote and I think this one sets the scene pretty well…

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

Marianne Williamson

See you again soon… would appreciate any comments on the quote and to hear from anyone else in the throws of fighting depression… maybe even start a bit of a support group… just a thought!!

Get in touch…


8 thoughts on “About this place & contact details »

  1. hey there – i wanted to check in and say hi! I am moving – not well, but i am moving! I took my boxing class last night. Boy, am I out of shape, but I stuck to it. and you know what? I thought about you – my ‘Joseph Mom Voice’ as I was huffing and puffing. Thank you for asking about my workout the other day – honestly, that was just the motivator I needed.

    Hope all is well with you – Josephine:)

    1. Hey Josephine and well done! It is often the challenge of getting going that is the biggest one!

      So it is doubly good to hear you have made a start back and that a quick check up from me may have helped!

      So what are the plans for the next session ?!

      The aches will pass but the sense of achievement will endure!

      1. Hi Joseph – Yes, I am certain the aches will pass – but in the meantime it is not pretty. Of course, shoveling 8″ of heavy snow on Tuesday did not help and another 45 minutes last night. I look like a walking Frankenstein:)
        Tonight my boys are with me, so I will not take class, but I will be taking one every day after today! How be u?

        Josephine – a la Frankenstein 🙂

      2. Hey Josephine… great news on the class. The aches and pains will pass! I try to see activities like snow shovelling as free phys!
        To help with the achy muscles maybe try some yoga … will help with the aches, improve your flexibility and has positive rewards for how you feel.

        As for me my mission to gain weight has got off to a cracking start after the fitness assessment weekend and keeping that going along with eating loads … will be posting an update later!

      3. Hey Josephine and again thank you .. not sure on how sweet I am though lol… it does feel good when you know someone is checking up on you. Can be that little bit of help you need to keep you on track…

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