Sometimes it's not always easy to identify how we feel, especially if we're affected by low mood or depression.

Our mood meter is designed to quikcly gauge how you're feeling and what steps you can take to either maintain or improve your mood. It's important to remember whether you would assess yourself as happy or in crisis, there are people close by to support you be they family and friends or mental health services.

How many times have you described yourself as manic or having had a manic day?

Whilst the word has come to mean frantically busy, mania is a psychological state characterised wild, over excited or deranged behaviour.

Manic Depression, or Bipolar Disorder to use its correct term, is a form of mental health issue where the individual experiences extreme mood swings.

Well this week saw Encompass Dorset embark on a long awaited journey. 

As many of you may be aware a number of our services are being transformed, moving away from registered care homes to smaller supported living schemes or as we see it, settled accommodation.  As part of this process we realised that if we wanted to offer the people we support improved living spaces with the security of tenure a tenancy offers we wanted to ensure they had greater control over their support.

A common misconception regarding people with learning disabilities is that they think or feel differently to us. They may see the world differently but that's true of everyone. Experience defines our reality. Individuals with learning disabilities are just people with a different set of challenges to overcome. They should be treated no differently than anyone else.

The word abuse has a lot of connotations attached to it and the vast majority, thanks to an uncaring media, are all sexual in nature.

The truth is that abuse can cover a host of behaviours and whilst many would argue there are dozens of different types, they all fall into ten distinct classifications.

Mental health issues can hit anyone at any time regardless of their race, religion, sexuality, education, employment or social status. It is as indisriminant as any illness you care to name and it effects millions of people the UK every single year.

But what is the impact of mental health, especially issues that are either left untreated or are treated once the challenges have become severe? Check out our latest infographic to find out.

If you’ve had depression at some point in your life you’ll know full well that there are bad days.

Actually ‘bad day’ is a bit of an understatement but it’s a useful catch-all term to communicate to others that you’re struggling without going into detail.

Those are the days when you feel like you’re alone in an ocean and at any moment the current is going to pull you under.

Those days are bad days.

Learning disabilities bring with them a great many challenges.

Some a physical, some are developmental.

Whatever the individual faces, they have to adapt and cope as best they can to a world inherently ill-suited to them. This can lead to feelings of low worth, isolation and marginalisation.

Fortunately help is available in the form of products and services that empower the individual to lead a fulfilling life.

However, where things get really challenging is communication.

Cerebral Palsy is arguable one of the most widely known physical conditions in the world. Although an umbrella term that covers a variety of conditions, roughly one in four hundred people are born with the condition,

The condition can be caused prenatal, but trauma during birth, lack of oxygen to the brain and meningitis can all cause the condition to develop.

The condition is also more common in high risk pregnancies, pregnancies with multiple births and in babies with low birth weights (or very premature).

Coping with depression, anxiety or any other mental health issue is hard.

Harder still is recognising you’re experiencing that issue and being brave enough to do something about it.

This cannot be understated.

Admitting to yourself and to those closest to you that you’re experiencing some difficulties is no small thing and should be commended.

Once you’ve given voice to these challenges you then need to decide what happens next.

In some cases the challenges are simply too severe for you to decide on your own, and that’s fine. Your family, medical and mental health services are all there to support you in making the right decisions for your care.

Assuming that isn’t the case, you are presented with a few choices.

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