Q I’m a new manager in a fairly large organisation and I’ve taken on a team that seems to be in constant conflict. I am sure the members have the skills to communicate better with each other, but I feel I need to begin with myself and work out the skills I need as a manager in order to help them. Where do I start?
Q. One of my dearest, lifelong friends died by suicide recently. Although we know he was struggling, there were never any signs that he would take his own life. In fact he was making travel plans for the future. It seems so sudden and I am devastated. How do I help myself get through this awful time as well as support his family?
As a psychologist, I have the privilege of walking alongside my clients on their paths to better mental health. Often the path to a sense of stability or recovery can appear insurmountable. Below is a client’s account of depression. It is real; sometimes awful, but also full of hope. I share with permission.