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Bird Therapy
Writing and talking about the benefits of birdwatching for mental health and wellbeing ~ book to be published in summer 2019.
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Bird Therapy 59m
Replying to @BirdTherapy
I feel a big part of what I wanted to do with Bird Therapy has been done. The book isn’t out until next summer and I’m now starting a masters in SEN, so it’s a good time for me to drop off the grid for a bit. Properly this time.
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Bird Therapy 1h
Birdfair has made me realise that striving to be something I’m not, is a pointless exercise that produces negativity and self-loathing. I’m not a writer, I’m not a celebrity and this whole nature ‘scene’ is not my world. Pretending it is just isn’t healthy. 1/2
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Bird Therapy 4h
Same for me, to you and Jo. I’ve written about it in the book as my generation seemed to be the last to get that.
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Bird Therapy 5h
I fully agree with you both. I only got the opportunity because of Chris! I have a completely different background and message and for some reason, it seems even harder to get noticed!
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Bird Therapy 8h
But like they seemed to be interested in mental health too eh? 🤔
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Bird Therapy 17h
you’re just one person. The sad reality of what I do, is that it only gets coverage when it’s promoted by other people. On my own, it’s a losing battle. It’s the same with the harder to reach kids.
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Bird Therapy 17h
I see this through my day job a lot Dara, especially with the target groups I work with, who often can’t access the outdoors. I try and try, especially in being someone a bit ‘different’, with a similar background, to make nature ‘cooler’, but there’s only so far you can go when
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Bird Therapy 18h
After the heightened physical, sensory and emotional experience on Saturday, which was huge for me, it’s of no surprise that I’ve absolutely crashed and burned today. The realities of as plain as ever!
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Bird Therapy 19h
That’s very kind of you Jake, thank you 💚
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Jake Gearty 20h
Birdfair was great as always but have to say a massive congratulations to for everything he has done, so far for birding and mental health. I'm glad he was given a stage to talk at Birdfair and was present too. Very excited for you and the future.
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Bird Therapy 19h
I wish I’d actually looked round and saw this - epic t-shirt! (the ‘to bird’ one)
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Bird Therapy 21h
Likewise 🙂
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Bird Therapy 21h
Replying to @BirdTherapy
Thanks both. Massively overwhelmed by the anxiety of speaking, haven’t felt like that for years! They’re great guys, on here and in person 💚
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Bird Therapy Aug 20
Replying to @nickrphotograph
I’ve had lots of different reasons - usually to do with charitable objectives and the like. It’s just me though, it’s not a business or a charity. It’s an ethos and a message, backed up with my story and many others.
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Bird Therapy Aug 20
Absolutely behind this Charlie. Would also be good to see more people like myself, from different backgrounds, generally in the nature ‘sector’. Some really strong stories and messages out there.
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Bird Therapy Aug 20
Replying to @carlclare
Oh I most certainly will 🙂
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Bird Therapy Aug 20
Thanks Roberta. It was a really good, albeit completely nerve-wracking, experience 🙂
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Bird Therapy Aug 20
Replying to @harbourbirds
Thank you 💚💚💚
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Bird Therapy Aug 20
Tune! They might be giants wasn’t it?
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Bird Therapy Aug 20
While the coverage of what we spoke about at Birdfair has been great, it’s a shame that none of the large nature NGO’s and mental health organisations will get behind the message! It’s not about me, it’s bigger than that, as the response shows!
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