Life – it’s not like an X Factor audition. Yep, I just wrote that…

2016: If the first seven and a half months are anything to go by, it’s not going to go down as a vintage year. I’ll get the boring stuff out of the way first, as way of explanation of my absence. It’s been messy… March and April – mental health crisis, brought on by putting … More Life – it’s not like an X Factor audition. Yep, I just wrote that…

A Defiant Act.

Life continues to be a challenge – both because of the events in it and the general ambivalence that still lingers around the idea of my survival. The crisis I experienced a couple of months ago has just about settled down and this week I was discharged by the crisis team. On paper it looks like a positive … More A Defiant Act.

The third diary.

There was a story doing the rounds a few years ago that a certain ex-government minister had three diaries. The first was full of public engagements that everybody knew about and the second contained engagements that his team purposefully leaked to the press. The whole point of the second diary was that nobody thought to … More The third diary.

Abandoned by the NHS.

I’ve half-joked for a long time that soon there won’t be any mental health services for me to blog about. This week, that came a few steps closer to becoming my reality. I found out from a friend that my psychiatrist is moving to a managerial position. It’ll suit him. So what now? As my psychiatrist … More Abandoned by the NHS.

11,840,000 lives written off. Anyone think that’s fair?

Saturday 10th October is World Mental Health Day and this year’s theme is ‘dignity’. Can there be dignity in mental health? There should be, but a lot needs to change. For a start, mental health issues need to be put on an equal footing with physical health complaints and that means more than just throwing … More 11,840,000 lives written off. Anyone think that’s fair?

I’ve lost my safety blanket. Thank f*@k for that.

*** This post may be triggering for some readers. Please take care of yourselves. *** September is drawing to a close and with it, Suicide Prevention Month. Talking about suicide is probably the most difficult conversation about mental health to be had. It’s also the most important. Frank discussions free from judgement and fear save … More I’ve lost my safety blanket. Thank f*@k for that.