I’m about to give away one of the worst kept secrets in blogging history. I’m a private person and talking openly about my mental health issues isn’t easy for me. I do it because it needs to be done. Unless those of us who suffer from mental health issues are honest about what life’s like, a … More Out. Loud and proud.
Be afraid: I’ve started going to boxing classes. It’s all part of Mind’s ‘Get Set to Go‘ program, which aims to improve the lives of 75,000 people with mental health problems through access to sport in their communities. I think Therapist #1 might have been right when he kept going on about me having issues with … More Peace, prejudice and pugilism.
I’m angry. Really frickin’ angry. This isn’t like me at all – usually any anger I feel is self-directed and turns into loathing before I can recognise what it is. Today I’m a maelström of rage and frustration. Get me. On the ‘About’ section of my Twitter and Facebook pages I write: “I’m supposed to … More Welcome to the sharp end of austerity.
I’m not one to follow trends. I’m usually much happier doing my own thing, probably because I rarely feel accepted by society, communities or groups of people. It might be more accurate to say that I feel unacceptable but whatever the truth is, I’m definitely more comfortable walking my own path. Recently two events have challenged this view. … More Belonging and the power of punctuation.
I’ve been told that it’s good to get out of your comfort zone and I know it’s true – do the same old things and you get the same old results – but right now I’m so out of my depth I’m drowning. In a stream of water that keeps coming out of my eyes: weird. … More Cry. Bike. Don’t sleep. Repeat.
In my last post I wrote about how many of us are living with the wrong story, blaming ourselves for life’s cruelties when really they’re not ours to take responsibility for. I also wrote that I’m luckier than people who are still owning these untruthful versions of their life. In the past week I’ve wholeheartedly changed my mind. … More A writer’s prerogative.
There’s an American researcher who studies vulnerability, courage, authenticity and shame. Her name is Brené Brown and she’s responsible for one of the most watched TED talks of all time. Her quotes regularly do the rounds on social media and in her book ‘The Gifts of Imperfection’, Brown writes; “I now see how owning our story and … More The agony of untold stories
Nearly two months after Flight 9525 crashed in the French Alps, the debate about whether certain professions should be screened for mental health issues rumbles on. It’s a pretty pointless exercise, primarily because you can’t detect the Witch of Misery in the same way you can with other harbingers of gloom – she’s a cunning little bitch, … More A quiet kind of progress.
I started the CNS blog to share my experiences of the mental health system in the UK, so it’s always going to be a little political. Sometimes those politics have to get specific. There’s been a lot of talk from our returning government about their policies being great for the economy and for businesses. I have … More We’re not an economy, we’re a society
My last post touched upon the responsibility we all have in ending discrimination of any kind. The idea that each day we can choose either peace or prejudice, simply by the language we use has remained with me ever since. I’ve had long periods of frustration where I haven’t been able to put feelings into words … More Stigma is a four letter word.