Man of TIN Advent Calendar Day 5 – Dancing with The Black Dog?

Advent Calendar Day 5 – Banishing the Black Dog?

Christmas and New Year can be a stressful, rough old time for many people, with or without their loved ones around.

I am impressed by the way that some men can talk about their mental health and how they are feeling throughout the year through the medium of their hobby blogging. It opens up a difficult subject for others in the blogging and gaming community.

Bob Cordery’s blog on Wargaming Miscellany is one example of someone who has been open about those dips in motivation and low moods like a black dog hanging around you sort of days (the Black Dog was what Churchill famously called his low moods).

The responses from fellow sufferers,  blog buddies and readers all over the world to Black Dog posts that I have read have always seemed very supportive whenever a hobby blogger mentions that  the black dog is sniffing around or that they have lost their gaming mojo because difficult things in life get in the way.

I thankfully do not have a black dog yet in life but I found it interesting reading through Mark Pacitti’s memoir and website about dealing with the black dog .

IMG_0179Dancing With The Black Dog is a registered charity (ABN 71157667411) dedicated to the worldwide eradication of the stigma of anxiety and depression. We are based in Melbourne, Australia and have helped provide hope to sufferers of anxiety and depression all over the world.

Founded in 2011 by Mark Pacitti, an ex-pat Scot of Italian descent, Dancing With The Black Dog started off as a fledgling blog where Mark openly shared his experiences of how he suffered from and ultimately beat anxiety and depression.

Mark’s free e-book or memoir is available online

Wishing you all a Black Dog free Christmas and New Year!

Blogposted by Mark Man of TIN on Advent Day 5, Wednesday 5th December 2018.


5 thoughts on “Man of TIN Advent Calendar Day 5 – Dancing with The Black Dog?”

  1. An informative post – thank you. I am a war gamer and have had to accept that I will never be truly rid of the black dog. I do find that the hobby is varied enough to provide little victories on the worst days, even if it’s just reading a blog post or painting up a helmet or two.


  2. Great post. Particularly pertinent for me as I’ve been going through some personal difficulties myself of late culminating in being signed off a week off work recently – the first time I’ve ever done so. I’ll have a read of that ebook.


    1. I hope reading the book gives you some perspective – although everyone’s experience will be different, it is good for people to be able to talk about this. I think several other people in their blogs have gone quiet or experienced the adjusting to winter / lack of hobby focus ‘mojo’ thing.sometimes it is difficult to find time or focus on your hobby, especially producing the high quality painting work that you do. I have enjoyed the cheerfully punny Christmas figure posts. At least we can look forward to change of focus points like #March and #FEMbruary

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      1. Yes, curiously, I’ve been looking forward to FEMbruary and wondering what I’ll paint for it. Figure painting is an escape for many of us and I cherish it all the more for that. Thanks again,



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