CKD & The Black Dog – and nilla support & politics

There’s nothing kinky about this post, and as we’ve just passed Mental Health Awareness Week in the UK (or was it month) 

Geek fact. Both Winston Churchill, and   Samuel Johnson)  supposedly used the term the Black Dog to talk about depression in their depression. Possibly a myth about Churchill and some theories suggest he referred to annoying children visiting as ‘another visit from the black dog’

“”The term ‘black dog’ was first used to describe feelings
of melancholy by Dr Samuel Johnson”

Depression affects everyone at some point in their life, sometimes recurring and is common in those with kidney problems. It certainly hits on libido and relationships.

This months edition of Kidney Matters, the charity publication from Kidney Care UK has an excellent article on the subject of Walking The Black Dog on P30, and both the National Kidney Federation and Kidney Care UK have information on depression and support.  These charities and their site contents and support apply to UK residents only. All services are provided by the charity from fundraising and support.

I’ve made the step this month to get some more counselling, by phone from KCUK And also reached out to my own care team for help, as they may be able to help financially.  So, if your suffering from either finance problems, or depression,  overcome any shame and reach out for help, be it with financial costs for travel or white goods.

There’s no doubt the the Coalition Gov and then tory Rule, is going to have a knock on effect for years to come, even if the gov changes in the UK on Dec 12th..  I WILL be voting Labour, and if you want the truth on claims from the opposition look at a site such as FULL FACT.