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Hearing Voices: I hear voices and it’s not like the horror movies

It’s believed that up to 10% of the UK population hear voices, sometimes those voices are comforting but often hearing voices can be distracting and controlling. Sadly, I’m not in the 20% who find hearing voices comforting but it’s good to realise that some people do....

Empty Nest: Can Parents get Separation Anxiety?

I thought feeling the Empty Nest syndrome wouldn’t happen until my children were much older and that separation anxiety was only something kids experienced… but can parents suffer from separation anxiety? 

Being Discharged from Mental Health Care

If I could've picked a worse time to have a mental health crisis, it would have been during the school summer holidays. If I could've picked a worse time to be discharged it would also be during the summer holidays. But then there's no good time really. There's better...

Calendar Girls The Musical has come home to me in Yorkshire

Calendar Girls has come home to Yorkshire, the place where their story began (as did mine). I have my mum to thank for giving birth to me in God's Own County (Yorkshire), so I invited her to be my guest reviewing the show at the press night of Calendar Girls at Leeds...

Family, Health, Life & Reviews…

Mama Mei (aka Sophie Mei Lan) is a multi-award-winning Blogger and Vlogger specialising in Attachment Parenting,  Mental Health & Family Fitness.

Mum-of-two Sophie can be found running with her buggy throughout Yorkshire or breastfeeding, drinking coffee and eating Vegan food.

She is a qualified Journalist and Film-maker, having worked for local and national press as well as being dubbed “Britain’s best Bellydancer!”

Sophie has now turned her talents to blogging, vlogging, column writing, speaking and running Blog Up North Magazine and Influencer Network.

She chats mainly about Family, Health, Life, Fitness and Campaigns.  As well as doing Reviews and offering Competitions!


Family Days Out: Yorkshire Wildlife Park and Diggerland

From flying in the air in a spinning digger to walking past tigers, giraffes and polar bears - believe it or not but we've not ventured outside of Yorkshire this week and yet what a colourful treat it has been. The only cloud has been that of my daughters' volatile...

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The perfect way to avoid Moving House!

I had the ridiculous idea of moving house in the summer holidays. Surely, I thought, it would be a fun little adventure with the kids? They could help to pack, sort through their stuff Kon Mari style (a popular declutter technique) and we could have some family time...

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Street Play: Why playing is SO important

As a child we would ride our bikes, play tag and football across our street. As long as we went in for mealtimes – we could play most of the day, every day. But nowadays, it is increasingly difficult for kids to play out – a mixture of safety issues, excessive screen...

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Mental Illness: How to help someone having a Mental Health Crisis

I have spent the last few weeks like a zombie, swamped by my mental illness. I have been given lots of drugs to numb my anxiety, dull my psychotic episodes and to keep me as safe as possible whilst I go through this mental health breakdown. The Crisis (home-based...

Is Mental Health Awareness diluting the impact of Mental Illness?

We've all got mental health but not necessarily a mental illness. There's a big difference. “I am just so depressed.” “I feel anxious." Through all the brilliant work on ending the taboo around mental illness, have we now opened the flood gates to everyone using terms...