Positive Action Chat (Depression/Anxiety)

On Tuesday 30th April, I attended a ‘Positive Action Chat’, this was run by TheSite.org and Matt.

Matt is a freelance digital marketer, communicator and trainer. He’s worked at charities like ChildLine, Great Ormond Street Hospital and St John Ambulance. He’s been training staff and volunteers from youth and community groups nationwide in the solution-focused approach for the last four years, helping them to focus on what’s working and positive futures, rather than the problems they face. He also has experience on online services at Beatbullying and ChildLine, as well as helping charities with their web, email and social media communications.


It was mainly a chat around Depression and Anxiety, where we would work through what we already do and how we can improve our mental health.

From attending and being a participator, I liked how Matt was able to control the chat session, with time and the atmosphere of the chat room. The questions Matt asked got us all thinking, for example:

”If the one thing you wanted to change, changed overnight how would you know? What would be different?”

It was great to see the participation of every user and I think it may have helped a lot of people look at their problems much differently. I know I was able to look at my problems from a different aspect, and if the one thing I wanted to change overnight happened, I know I could be happy without wearing a mask, and I know I would be able to regulate my emotions positively and through a safe way.

I guess there’s not that many improvements that could be used, maybe getting more of an involvement with other users, so, maybe a direct question? And if they don’t feel comfortable answering, then that’s okay.

I’m glad to hear the Positive Action Chat is going ahead and I think it will be a great opportunity for others to get a different perspective of things.

If you’d like to read more, here’s a link here.


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