Category: Mental Health

  • Post-WordCamp Emotions

    WordCamps are amazing events, whether they are huge or small. They all take energy and time. They fill us with good feelings. They add to our knowledge base. They add to our network. They give us opportunities. They build friendships. They even help some of us secure jobs. And they are incredibly draining – physically […]

  • Small Things: Give Something

    Many of us can give something to others. It need not be your money or even your time. It can be something as easy as a smile, a warmth of attitude, an obvious acceptance of those with experiences beyond our own. And that something small can make another person’s day – not everyone, but perhaps […]

  • Confessions of a Manic Depressive: A Survival Guide Through the Darkness.

    Sometimes I feel like we’re in a Fight Club called Depression and the first rule of Depression is we do not talk about Depression. The first time I openly spoke about my plight of being a Manic Depressive was during my WordCamp Talk in Cape Town 2016 (from which #WPHugs was born). It was one […]

  • Light Reading for the Heavy Heart: Do The One Thing – And Reward Yourself

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    “If we think of everything we have to do, we feel overwhelmed. If we do the one thing we need to do, we make progress.” Simon Sinek There is so much in life that overwhelms us. At times, it can feel like a full-on assault on our lives, mental health, and even our finances. Being […]

  • Light Reading for the Heavy Heart: A Life In Reflection

    “‘No regrets’ doesn’t mean living with courage, it means living without reflection. To live without regret is to believe you have nothing to learn, no amends to make, and no opportunity to be braver with your life.” Brené Brown Living with courage is tough. We all like to feel courageous, but to be courageous means […]

  • Light Reading for the Heavy Heart: Nature – Dwelling with the Glad-Singing Streams

    “The forests, too, seem kindly familiar, and the lakes and meadows and glad singing streams. I should like to dwell with them forever.” John Muir I recently spent a week in the countryside of Vermont. Ironically, I was warned that it would be quiet for my city-dwelling ears. It wasn’t. It was gloriously loud. I […]

  • Light Reading for the Heavy Heart: Why are we better together?

    Welcome to the first in a series of devotional posts that aim to offer light reading for heavy hearts – uplifting and encouraging words for those time when such might be welcome. “All of us, together, are the best, because we’re devoted to each other.” Rick Madrid Social science touts that humanity has a need […]

  • World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) 2019

    World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) 2019

    Today is World Suicide Prevention Day 2019. This is an international initiative launched 17 years ago by the International Association for Suicide Prevention. Every 40 seconds, someone loses their life to suicide. That’s close to 800,000 people per year taking their own life. There are indications that for each adult who died by suicide there […]

  • WP&UP and WPHugs become one family

    WP&UP and WPHugs become one family

    Its gives me great pleasure to write that post title.  We are very happy to announce that WPHugs, founded by Leo Gopal in 2017, will become part of the WP&UP family.  The goals, ethos and overall mission of the two organisations are so closely aligned, that coming together to create a stronger, unified and single […]

  • The Joy of Houseplants

    When it comes to small changes that will increase your joy, adding a houseplant or two may be just the trick. I recently looked around at my apartment (that I’ve lived in for fifteen years) and said, “This place needs life.” Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy about my roommate (or flatmate for you in […]