Dr Jess Walker

Counselling Psychology

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September 10, 2020

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day. Whilst this is something to talk and think about any day of the year, today is a good day to remember to take care of each other. Take a look around you – are there any of your friends or family who seem to be struggling more than usual? Are there people that you haven’t heard from in a while, that are perhaps behaving differently, or withdrawing from the world? Take today as a chance to take stock & see if there is anyone you might want to reach out to. We never really know what is going on inside for many people, but we can all ask ‘how are you?’, and really take time to listen to the answer.

This year, perhaps more than others, people may be feeling particularly vulnerable and low. Our us...

May 9, 2020

Recently I was interviewed by Bristol 24/7, as they wanted to get a psychologists' take on the pandemic and what we can do to look after our mental health. You can read the published article here: https://www.bristol247.com/lifestyle/health/there-needs-to-be-more-done-to-protect-and-support-peoples-mental-health/?fbclid=IwAR092BJsu-THM3mxJz38JWO9-LVAOTFW2D9ohE3b1hoplCZ3XAcuVyzfefo

I have copied the original interview transcript below, in the hope that some of you might find the information useful. My take home message for you is this: Be kind to yourself. We are all unique, and we will all deal with this situation in different ways. That is perfectly fine. Try not to compare yourself to others, if you can avoid it. Look afte...

October 10, 2018

So today is world mental health day, a day when hopefully many of you are having conversations about mental health and what this means to you. I have just returned from a trip away. A trip that I went on without my family, to visit some friends overseas. It was some much needed time out. For the past few years I have been working several jobs, birthing and bringing up two small children, studying for a doctorate & running the household. Prioritising myself had fallen to the bottom of the list, perhaps even off it. I was burnt out. Having some time to myself to just be, with no demands on my time, no endless to do lists to complete, no worrying about everyone else, was invaluable (although I did ensure I sorted everyone out befor...

May 16, 2018

As you may know, this week is Mental Health Awareness Week. This year the focus is on stress and how to cope with it. We all get stressed from time to time and that's part and parcel of life. It becomes problematic when we don't do anything to manage it. Suddenly everything can start to pile up. Our inner container can begin to overflow and this is when we start to falter. Perhaps we become more snappy, or moody, too tired to engage, angry, tearful or pull away from others. Everyone has different coping mechanisms, and not all of these are healthy. So what can we do about it? Perhaps the best thing you can do is to start to notice what is going on for you when you feel stressed, and things are starting to become too much. What a...

May 4, 2018

It is coming to the end of #MaternalMentalHealthAwarenessWeek. I’ve been thinking a lot about this, and have read some really inspiring posts. I realised that perhaps it would be good to share my own story, as too often we sit in silence letting everyone think we are ok, when what we really need to be saying is #ItsOkayToNotBeOkay. I am lucky enough to have two wonderful, healthy children. We struggled to conceive with my first born, Rafael, and so admitting things weren’t always rosy made me feel guilty, as I knew how lucky I was to have him. I remember the envy and loneliness I felt as others fell pregnant around me when that was what I wanted most in the world too. When Rafa was born it was a wonderful moment. I had the home...

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