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Simple support for living with the black dog

Simple support for living with the black dog

Simple support for living with the black dog is provided here because since working in mental health and having lived through many physical and mental health conditions this is one of the most comforting and informative books I have come across – and there have been many, hundreds!  Pain management, disability, recovery, and then living with it.  Living with it long term – after initial tingling diagnosis and then acceptance.  Whether it’s a bionic leg, arthritic pain or a post traumatic stress trigger.  Living with it is what is so difficult to articulate.  Yet this book does it so perfectly simply.

This creative and insightful book written by Matthew Johnstone is wonderfully helpful for people living with depression and the friends and family that care for loved ones with depression.  As a Mental Health First Aid Instructor and MHFA Course Facilitator (Standard, Workplace, Youth) I get to see the most valuable resources and enjoy seeing the rewarded yet tired expressions of all of the course participants. Completing the course the initially unsure faces have softened into empathetic and nodding communicators.

So drum roll.  Here it is, a snippet of one of the most loved books in my Mental Health Education kit.  A clip from the beautifully put together book ‘I had a black dog’ by Matthew Johnstone.  Many course participants want to take a copy home, but I can’t carry copies to sell with me to every course, but I can leave it here with a link that you can now find easily.

I had a black dog, his name was depression


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