Depression is often referred to as ‘The Black Dog’.  It’s not a phrase I had heard of before but it is very well-known to mental health sufferers.

imageI and a number of my friends all have a dog called Spot.  He is our white dog to protect us from the Black Dog.  We can carry him round with us not only as a protection but as a reminder that each of us has a Spot.  In times of anxiety, I have held Spot tightly in my hand and really felt that I had my friends with me so I wasn’t going it alone.  Something so simple but so comforting.


The good news is nobody is born sad, negative, shy, full of self loathing, anxious or a failure.  We are all a product of our environment.  By changing our environment (or thought processes) things can get better and become more manageable.