The hashtags #WhyWeDontEngage and #MentalWish have made me consider the enormity of the task we face in challenging society’s prejudices around mental health issues. The experiences people have shared make me so sad, but I’m not surprised by them. As I read those tweets, I began to compare the way individuals with a physical illness … More The Challenges Ahead
I sat and proofread the job application form once more. Maybe this time was different. I’d applied for countless positions and not got a single interview. I knew the jobs I was going for were within my skill set and I could evidence my track record for each criteria on the person specification. Maybe a personal … More Ignorance in action?
As always, my psychiatrist’s gaze was flitting between the screen of his laptop and the pink form he kept on his desk. He rarely turned away and faced me – I wondered whether his laptop had voice recognition software but his use of my name suggested that despite appearances he was addressing me. In keeping with … More “We need to talk about your diagnosis”