Mental health awareness and an attitude of gratitude


Well, hello you lovely, kind, wonderful, thoughtful people! Thank you for your generosity of spirit in taking time to respond to my blog and also my social media accounts. I miss being on your screens so much! Mind you, I’ve been informed that I’m still on your screens at times due to pre-recorded presentations. A couple of people were very shocked that I was back so soon after my surgery… but I was still safely recovering at home! I’m due to return on the 5th of November. Remember remember…

Last week I mentioned I was hoping to attend the launch night for my daughter, Chrissie’s, first single and official video screening. I made it!

I was unable to drive but Chrissie’s dad drove myself and my son, Tom, the 5 hour round trip to Bristol so we could be there. I felt very spaced out on painkillers but she was still delighted to see zombiefied me.

If you’re a regular to my blogs you might recall me writing about my family and the history of mental health, especially amongst the men. My late father suffered many years of severe depression, my brother took his own life and there are others in the family who have also suffered pretty extreme mental health conditions.

Chrissie’s single was written as a poem, initially, when she saw her brother was struggling. Music is her life and her own therapy when life is throwing up challenges so it was natural she turned the piece into a song.

She wanted to help to raise money for mental health charity MIND, and awareness for those struggling with mental health problems as well as just letting people know they’re not alone or weird. All proceeds will go to the charity. The truth is life isn’t easy and we expect way too much from ourselves at times. That isn’t to say we shouldn’t try to get back up when we fall but just to say don’t kick yourself when you’re down. A mental health problem isn’t like a broken leg. When people can’t see something it’s harder to recognise it’s there. This is why awareness is so important.

I think all of us will have struggles at some point in our lives. If that’s you then the song may be of some comfort to you. Or if you care for someone it may touch you, too. Someone cares. I genuinely care and I’m sorry for your pain. Please just know you’re not alone.

If you would like to have a listen to and watch the video, here it is:

If you follow her Facebook page Chrissie Huntley you will be able to make a donation to MIND if you wish to. No pressure at all, though. Just your awareness is worth everything. Feel free to follow her on Instagram and Twitter, too, but, again, no pressure… just saying you are welcome to if you wish.

I’m feeling so enormously grateful this week. Grateful to all of you who’ve shown kindness and care and to my remarkable friends, family and colleagues!

So, it’s a week and a half since my shoulder surgery and I’m feeling a lot better than week one already. I’m doing all my physiotherapy as prescribed and suggested by everyone I know who has had shoulder surgery and mobility is slowly returning.

I couldn’t possibly list everything and everyone who has been good to me but I thought I’d share just a few. Firstly, my gorgeous QVC team! I received a lovely get well card from them a few days ago and then I got these beautiful autumnal blooms wishing me a speedy recovery! I was so surprised and touched! I do feel lucky to work with such great friends.

Next, my best gal pal, Mandy. We’ve known each other for around 25 years now and she is the most amazing woman. She also makes a gorgeous biryani dish that I have always loved. It’s usually made with chicken but, as I’m now vegan, she made me up a batch without and brought it round! It was fantastic as I was able to add different bits to it over several meals. My favourite turned out a bit like a paella with vegan chorizo, tomatoes, mushrooms, peas and sweet corn added. Doesn’t she look cute?!

Another cute friend is this one, lovely Michelle. We used to work at a local high street jewellers together about 26 years ago. She drove me to my first physio appointment and then we had coffee and a catch up together before I got very tired, dizzy and queasy and she took me home again. Gotta love friends who’ll put up with you almost vomiting in their car, ha ha! What a superstar!

Then there’s gorgeous 83 year old Fred. He’s my neighbour on the next road. We share a fence. When I pulled it down and rebuilt it we both said it was a shame to put the final panel up as it had been nice chatting so I joked about putting up a stable door we could talk over if we needed anything and the joke became serious! Here he is bringing me some home-grown grapes from his garden.

What a sweetie. He says ignore the toothy gap as he’s having implants. I asked what size he was going for, C or DD, but I don’t think he got the joke, tee hee. He just said he was having dental implants and that his dentist is very happy with him having so many good teeth of his own at his age. He makes me smile so much.

Like I said, so many more folks keeping an eye on me that I would run out of space thanking. So for now I will just extend my heartfelt thanks to everyone who has been so very lovely to me. I feel like a very lucky lady who is getting a little impatient to get back to you all on the tellybox!

Keep well and happy. If both or either are challenging you right now just know you’re not alone.

Facebook: Catherine Huntley TV
Twitter: @TheHuntley
Instagram: @catherine_huntley

Lots of love,

Catherine xx


  1. Christine October 17, 2018 at 1:24 pm -  Reply

    Catherine, what a beautiful and talented daughter you have and what a lovely voice and very touching song. I am going to share it with my daughter . I hoe you are recovering quickly and thank you for sharing this.

  2. Lynn Sword October 17, 2018 at 1:31 pm -  Reply

    Hi there. Good you are recovering well with so many lovely folks around to help you. I am so pleased to read your blogs about depression and mental health problems. You have a great understanding of what this can entail and as you say as it is not a physical thing is sometimes not understood. Thank you so much and best to those close to you who struggle. Get well very soon. Take care lovely lady. Xx

  3. Debbie October 17, 2018 at 3:27 pm -  Reply

    Hi Catherine I’m so glad you are feeling well and on the mend, also good to know you have lots of friends and family looking after you! I have just listened to your daughters song, it’s great and she is very talented. Have to say it made me cry but that’s not always a bad thing,I think we’ve all felt that we want to take someone’s pain away at sometime and the words sum that up beautifully. Good luck to her and all your family and good luck with your recovery! Debbie X

  4. Phyllis October 17, 2018 at 4:27 pm -  Reply

    What a beautiful song, and beautifully sung by your talented daughter – very moving.

  5. Karen October 17, 2018 at 5:20 pm -  Reply

    Hi Catherine, so glad you are on the mend. Chrissie’s single is just beautiful, brought tears to my eyes, so lovely! Let’s hope she achieves her objective of raising much needed awareness for this dreadful illness….thank you Chrissie xx

  6. Dawn Chapman October 17, 2018 at 5:39 pm -  Reply

    Wow! I cannot believe that Chrissie”s your daughter, you both look about the same age. Your lovely words will be a source of comfort to many, including myself. Im so pleased you’re improving quickly. Take good care and don’t rush the recouperation. Xx

  7. Claire October 17, 2018 at 8:46 pm -  Reply

    Hi Catherine,
    Thanks for blogging about mental health, including
    your own
    families experienc es. The video is amazing and Chrissie has a stunning voice that is very moving, I hope Mind will put it on their website for people to download too! Get well soon x

  8. Karen B October 17, 2018 at 9:16 pm -  Reply

    Lovely blog as ever Catherine. So glad you are recovering with your shoulder. How proud you must be of your lovely daughter. What a lovely thing shes doing to support MIND. Like yourself my family have suffered due to my poor late father’s mental health and i was so touched by your daughter’s gesture. You must be so proud x x

  9. Karen Lewis October 18, 2018 at 8:08 am -  Reply

    Hi Catherine I’m so pleased you’re on the mend may it continue. Your daughter’s song is beautiful and very heartfelt, I myself have suffered depression, thankfully only mildly, but people do not understand what it s like, it is an illness and all the amount of telling people to pull themselves into together and snap out of it, is not helping, they need to listen and try to understand. I think that this subject should be discussed through school life so that children can understand what it is, someone in their family may be suffering depression, I also think that a lot of depression can stem from being bullied as school and by the time they leave school they have no self worth.

  10. Liz Reynolds October 18, 2018 at 2:40 pm -  Reply

    Hi Catherine, Lovely blog and photos and good to hear you are recovering well.

    Everyone suffers with all forms of depression at some time in their life which can cause great stress and a lonely existence so it is kind that you are sharing you story!

    Your lovely photo of your 83 years young friend was very heart warming and proves that all ages groups can have a friendship with each other!…We like you chat with all our friends who live around us over the fence!

    Missing your lovely smile on QVC!

    Take Care,

    Liz XX

  11. Jan slater October 18, 2018 at 6:54 pm -  Reply

    Wow , love the song it’s absolutely fantastic. She should release it. I have suffered from depression for a long time. Looking after hubby of 44 years.
    has vascular dementia. It’s very hard Love to see you in QVC get well soon . Jan

  12. Shelley October 19, 2018 at 3:50 am -  Reply

    Hi Catherine,

    Hope your feeling much better soon.

    Your daughter’s singing is amazing and the lyrics were inspirational. I feel mental health needs to be more open as people feel ashamed and also afraid of mental health. Thanks for raising awareness.

    Take care

  13. Anita October 19, 2018 at 10:32 pm -  Reply

    Thank you for reminding me I’m not alone, speedy recovery. x

  14. josephine stinton October 20, 2018 at 3:53 am -  Reply

    Thought provoking emotional song- great voice! Listened to it in the early hours of the morning.

  15. Jan October 21, 2018 at 8:10 am -  Reply

    Lovely voice and song, very moving.

  16. Sian October 21, 2018 at 12:38 pm -  Reply

    Wow Catherine, I’ve just watched and listened to your daugher’s video. What a beautiful song and sung with such feeling. I’m sure your whole family are so very proud of her. I found it very emotional and it brought me to tears! I’m very fortunate to not have suffered from depression etc although I know several people within my circle of friends that do.
    I wish you a speedy recovery and look forward to your return to QVC Towers very shortly. xx

  17. Janet October 21, 2018 at 9:00 pm -  Reply

    Hope you are enjoying some of the lovely autumn sunshine this weekend. Keep up the good work recovering from your op. Take care, best wishes.

  18. Carol November 5, 2018 at 5:11 pm -  Reply

    Dear Catherine,
    What a lovely family are you Huntleys ! Both your children are a credit to you, with the same thoughtful, kind qualities of their Mum.
    Loved Chrissie’s song – beautiful song, beautiful thought behind it. Thank you and bless you for caring.
    So pleased to see you back on ‘Q’, Catherine. Keep feeling stronger – your two ‘puddytats’ will also do their bit to help with that !! Don’t they always ??!!
    Love and take care. xx

  19. Michelle Lennox November 12, 2018 at 5:30 pm -  Reply

    Hi Catherine , your daughter Chrissie has a heartfelt voice she is an amazing singer .Glad to see you are recovering well from your shoulder surgery,just dont do too much listen to your body it will tell you to slow down .Nice to see your lovely smiley face back n QVC.Take care . Michelle L.

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