Maggie Fuzzbox

Thanks to Maggie Fuzzbox for her endorsement of MEN HEAL. We thought the comment was very thoughtful and insightful.

Thanks for your support Maggie

Much appreciated

Mike and Karl from MEN HEAL

Hi Mike

Just to wish you well with this project. I’ve suffered with mental health problems – panic and PTSD – so I know how hard it is to get appropriate support. Talking with others who feel like you do and therefore understand you cannot be underestimated.

Men often find talking about how they feel difficult but given an appropriate and safe forum to do so often results in men being able to open up and confront their issues.

Again good luck with this

Maggie Fuzzbox

Maggie Fuzzbox
Maggie Fuzzbox

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  • October 11, 2016 at 10:17 am
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    Maggie Dunne (from the band Fuzzbox) posted this today (10th October 2016) on Facebook:

    Today is World Mental Health Day. People are sharing their experiences to highlight the issues surrounding mental health.
    I have suffered for many years with PTSD. The worst symptom was the panic disorder. I was housebound for 6 months at one point. I simply couldn’t go out for fear of having an attack. It got so bad I seriously thought I must be dying.
    I found the solution for me was Mindfulness. It changed my life. But it’s important to remember that everyone is different and what worked for me may not work for others.
    I hope by sharing this I can give hope to others suffering with mental health problems. It’s nothing to be ashamed of and like me you may find a solution.
    mx

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  • October 11, 2016 at 6:35 pm
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    Hi Maggie.

    Thanks for your comment. Sorry to hear about your experiences with PTSD and panic disorder. Panic attacks can be extremely severe, indeed probably unimaginable unless we’ve been through one, which i have many times. My thoughts are with anyone who has to endure that. Sometimes I feel that if we’ve been through some kind of suffering, especially mental health related, then our empathy for others is greater. Did you find that also?

    I’m a fan of mindfulness too, although it doesn’t agree with everyone. I have practised since 2007, and a couple of years ago completed a year long mindfulness course which was good. The best part of the course for me was learning self-compassion, which sounds easy, but isn’t, as we often judge ourselves far more harshly than we judge others.

    You sharing your story definitely helps. I believe that the more people open up about their struggles, then the more others less likely to open up will feel confident in following suit.

    I found out a couple of hours ago that someone I know, lost their ex partner to suicide. He had withdrawn from family and friends, which is sadly part of major depression (and other conditions). This can lead to a downward spiral in some of us. It’s always hard to learn of suicide. I hear more people talking openly about it, which hopefully means stigma is reducing. I think over time people will feel more open to reaching out.

    Huge thanks for your kindness and openness in sharing. It means a lot to me.

    It’s only me running this site (Mike) at the moment. So thanks from me!

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