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By ARRoadshow, Sep 22 2017 03:30PM

A big thank you to North West Safety and Construction Group team and Claire Oakes for allowing us to introduce our programme. I think our unique approach to tackling mental health in the workplace went down well judging by the interest and questions asked. Thank you also to Sean O'Donnell and Marc Ewen who did our team extremely proud - talented individuals. The overall reception was extremely positive and great conversations were started! I spoke with one manager who shared a story of their anxiety, saying they felt lighter and hopeful after hearing the explanation of the neurological basis of Ill mental health! Thats what its all about isnt it! They carried on to say that the education part of the talk was very promising and would take back their thoughts etc to their workplace as follow on training and services were very much being thought about. A great day ... We don't just train you, we educate, we empower and we care and use our collective lived & shared experience to inform our service delivery. Looking forward to providing a refreshing and different approach to mental health and support for you all in the near future!

A truly great day!

Matthew Coleclough (Director)

By ARRoadshow, Sep 10 2017 07:57PM

Today saw our Lead speaker Sean O'Donnell deliver a very powerful presentation on his own personal experience with OCD. Sean suufered terribly with OCD in his teens and early twenties and spent years on medication and in the depths of despair. eventually through his own research and application Sean overcame his OCD and began to learn more about te brain and its affect on anxiety.

Sean's talks are always engaging and this was one that will never be forgotten. A true professional and an an incredibly uplifting and positive experience Sean talked about how he became ill and how he kept 'it' going but also how he applied medicationa and mindfulness to not only conquer his OCD but also travel the world with his band Alias Kidd supporting bands such as Embrace, Happy Mondays and Black Grape.

By ARRoadshow, Aug 3 2017 04:20PM

Today we enjoyed our third ever (individual) Roadshow. This particular Roadshow saw Sean and Matt take the lead and most of the 44 people who attended had themselves experienced anxiety for a number of years. The feedback we received was as always exceptional and we believe we can hold our heads high and say that many (if not all) of the people who attended went away with a new level of mind and the determination to make good progress.

Highlights of the event saw Lead speaker Matt struggle to make 'any' progress during his meditation and EEG headset routine (which was actually quite funny considering how much meditation he actually doe!) and a powerful story of OCD by one of our visitors who had experienced OCD for the best part of 50 years!

These events are really moving and each one is unique in its own right. A thoroughly enjoyable and educational day for all and we wish everybody a good recovery.

Very best wishes

From Matt and Sean

By guest, Jul 2 2017 07:47PM

Masterly Inactivity - A Forgotten Precept

Matthew Coleclough | Anxiety Recovery Roadshow

When I was a young lad suffering with panic disorder and agoraphobia I was introduced to the concept of masterly inactivity during my early meditation years by a Buddhist Monk. He suggested that, just waiting and seemingly doing nothing is sometimes the best way to deal with fear. At the time I couldn’t grasp what he meant nor could I put trust in this seemingly absurd ‘method’, after all, at my worst I felt like I was dying AND I had my pills!

How little I knew back then but I believe if that monk had had the backing of the doctors and therapists I would have probably gave it more thought and application. Instead I continued on my self-destructive path until my eventual breakdown. Without a shadow of doubt the most challenging time in my life but also my most rewarding one by far! It is the most liberating feeling to come through so much suffering and build so much self reliance and confidence. During my breakdown I thought that I had absolutely nothing else to lose and so I gave this ‘masterly inactivity’ a whirl and it was proven – the Buddhist monk was right all along!

My recovery lay in my ability to give up the struggle but this was by no means easy, simple but not easy! I needed to gain a deep understanding of my condition and learn everything about it so when doubt arose (and it often did!) I could dispel it before it grew into despair or self pity.

Masterly Inactivity means to give up the struggle and stop holding on so tensely to yourself by trying to control the fear and trying to do something about it while subjecting yourself to constant self analysis. It means to cease trying to navigate your way out of your illness by meeting each obstacle as if it were a challenge that must be met if recovery is ever possible. It means to bypass the struggle, to float on through and let time pass. It means to sit back, smile at yourself and say a great big FUCK YOU to it. Recovery soon follows!