Speaking at the National Patient Forum 2015

At 7.30am last Tuesday, I found myself talking aloud in my car, en route to Dublin, practicing for a presentation that I would be delivering at the National Patient and Service User Forum that same morning. Looking back,  I was really getting into it and I quite animatedly corrected myself when I went off track … Continue reading Speaking at the National Patient Forum 2015

Overcoming Post Traumatic Stress Disorder [PTSD]

This is how I told my story at Heart Children Ireland’s National AGM… “Hi my name is Olive, and I am a mum of three girls; Micaela Nicole and Mackensie.  I was going to tell my story spontaneously , but every time I practised doing it this way, my emotions took over and I forgot … Continue reading Overcoming Post Traumatic Stress Disorder [PTSD]

The Stigma: Anxiety Caused by Disclosing Anxiety.

Please Note: I will be disclosing personal information in this post. I am terrified in doing so, but here goes anyway. I care too much about breaking the stigma surrounding the mental health agenda. This post was originally posted on LinkedIn for professionals. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Always. People think I'm always happy. Bubbly, outgoing, fun. People think I'm always strong. Hopeful, helpful, … Continue reading The Stigma: Anxiety Caused by Disclosing Anxiety.

Do you judge peoples ability to do their work by their tastes in clothes, hobbies or music?

"It was during an informal conversation over a cup of tea with a business associate that led to a discussion about our various music tastes. I confidently declared that Beyoncé was one of my favourite artists. I was immediately taken aback when I was met with an arched eyebrow; a patronizing smile and the statement – “Oh really, … Continue reading Do you judge peoples ability to do their work by their tastes in clothes, hobbies or music?