The theme of this Mental Health Awareness week is Kindness. I was unsure on this theme at first, and has a few concerns. I wasn’t keen for these reasons: First, there is an important distinction to be made: Everyone has “mental health”, just as they have physical health, and ups and downs NOT everyone has … Continue reading Being Kind to Ourselves- Mental Health Awareness Week.
The morning of the Carabao Cup Final, I had a real mix of emotions. I felt excitement at the prospect of the game, but also a lot of nervousness. Not all of this was match-related. Not that much in fact. Most of my nerves were at the prospect of the day in general. Making the … Continue reading A day at Wembley, and a message to the Villa family.
“Shoving it down our throats” “I don’t care” “just get on with it” “private lives should remain private!”... That’s just sample of the comments that I’ve read in response to the Rainbow Laces campaign this year, and those are just from the villa “community”. These sentiments are shared by a much larger group of people … Continue reading Why the Rainbow Laces Campaign is Important
Why does my personality always get in the way? It’s the one question I often ask myself. What I’d do to be this normal, run off the mill guy with no past hurt or no dramas. I look at people around me and sometimes wonder, do you know how lucky you are? For me, part … Continue reading Frustrations, problematic personality traits and apologies.
There were ten changes made by Roy Hodgson to the Crystal Palace team for their mid-week Carabao Cup game against Colchester United of League Two, where they went on to lose on penalties. There will certainly be a feeling of disappointed amongst the fans as who doesn’t love a good cup run? One of my favourite Villa moment in recent years, … Continue reading Crystal Palace: Match Preview
Villa Park under the lights, there’s no place quite like it - after of a disappointing, but no less encouraging start for the claret and blues, we face our first night match on our return to the Premier League, and with it, the chance to get our first points on the board. But is there … Continue reading Toffees- Stick or Twist?
Hi all, those who are familiar with the blog will know and understand my aims and objectives for the site. My focus on the mental health side of things has been less than I'd prefer in recent times, and I aim to rectify that. As part of this, I have decided to write a book … Continue reading STATEMENT: HELP WANTED
So far I've been amazed by the level of support I've received for this site. The responses to my articles on mental health have been incredible. However, looking forward, I believe that the site needs to grow and evolve. Because of this, I'd like to invite new contributors to join the team here at Villa … Continue reading Next Steps
So, I've been sharing others experiences, and will continue to do so, but I feel like one thing is missing. How can I expect others to open up if I don't continue to do so myself? Yes I've admitted I'm struggling, but I haven't explained myself in the same way many contributors have. Because of … Continue reading Why I started all this: My Experiences
Yesterday I made a difficult decision. I decided to open up about my personal struggles to a social media world full of people I had never even met. This may seem ridiculous or even stupid to some, but it has changed my view on both my own feelings and social media in general. Thanks to … Continue reading A New Start