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The ed­i­tor’s talks about men­tal health, a sub­ject that af­fects us all in some way

Yet again I find my­self in­debted to Char­lie Port­lock for an­other of his ex­tra­or­di­nary ar­ti­cles (p80), this month ad­dress­ing a very dif­fi­cult and dis­tress­ing topic. The sub­ject of men­tal health is­sues is taboo to many peo­ple, but it’s a hard fact that mil­lions of peo­ple suf­fer ev­ery day, and like Char­lie, I’ve had my strug­gles in the past. Lone­li­ness, anx­i­ety and de­pres­sion in all its many forms can af­fect any­body, yet few of us feel able to dis­cuss it openly, pre­fer­ring to keep it all bot­tled up in­side. Get­ting out and about with like-minded peo­ple is a great way to com­bat these pain­ful feel­ings, along­side some gen­tle ex­er­cise, just as Char­lie sug­gests. By a happy co­in­ci­dence, Jamie Chan­dler’s ar­ti­cle is about his lo­cal gun club (p43) where he found a warm wel­come form the lo­cals who not only en­joy shoot­ing there, but are also fully en­gaged in mak­ing it the won­der­ful place it is to visit.

Fi­nally, con­grat­u­la­tions to Stu­art Woodliffe who was the win­ner of a su­perb Aztec scope worth £ 375 just for en­ter­ing our reader sur­vey. Although that sur­vey is fin­ished, it’s vi­tally im­por­tant that I con­tinue to hear from you about what you want from your favourite mag­a­zine, so that I can steer it in the right di­rec­tion. One reader told me that I’d to­tally ruined the mag­a­zine, but I’m happy to re­port that ev­ery other re­sponse was pos­i­tive and con­struc­tive, so I think I’m go­ing the right way. Please feel free to con­tact me (phill. price@ archant.co.uk) with your thoughts and ques­tions and I’ll be happy to get back to you, or add your in­put to all the other sug­ges­tions I’m given. Ed.

The black dog can af­fect us all from time to time


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