Given the sad news this week that we lost Moi, our second highest poster to mental health issues, I figure it's time we open up and discuss mental health. Things have really improved over the last few years and thankfully the stigma attached to mental health is starting to disappear. More than ever we talk about our mental health openly and in regular conversation. I have a student and work colleague who is ex military and the day we walked across the work yard and he told me he was seeing a therapist to help with his PTSD was truly memorable. One because he trusted me with that information, but two because he felt that he could open up without a stigma being attached to him. Now to my post. The last year or two has been real tough for many reasons and whether that has had an impact on my mental health I don't know. I have started in the last 6 or so months to suffer from deja vous panic attacks. These can happen both during the day and night. They are short and can be triggered by something on TV, or a familiar sight. My wife works in a care home and a nurse there recommended some herbal remedies to hep restore a calm state. One of the remedies (I take two tablets) is a root extract and feely available. Now I have some good friends and a supportive family and my wife especially just keeps half an eye on me. I don't take the tablets every day, but maybe I should, as the attacks started again yesterday prompting me to start taking them. I don't think it's anything serious, just tiredness, long hours and a pressured job, but it's still mental health and not something to be ignored. Now you don't need to post anything here, but if you are suffering any anxiety or other mental health issues you DO need to speak to someone. There IS always someone you can talk to. My student tells me his therapist is amazing. Another student, is with a therapist, while another sings the praises of MIND, a mental health charity. The underlying message is that speaking to people does help. RIP Moi you old rascal.