Seventy cheers for NHS staff

This isn’t about grand gestures, life-saving surgeries or miracle treatments – it’s about the little things that happen every day in GP surgeries, A&E departments and wards all over the UK, every day. Continue reading

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Why #TimetoTalk Day isn’t for everyone…

People are tired of the monotony of living with mental health issues, when no amount of talking feels like it ever gets them anywhere.

People are frustrated with waiting lists, cuts to services, and postcode lotteries, when we are told that early intervention is key but also non-existent.

People are angry at constantly broken promises, extra funds being dangled like carrots that disappear in front of our eyes because they are never ring-fenced.

People are scared that at a time when more mental health treatment is needed, the NHS is on its knees and it is the overworked, underpaid nurses that need anti-depressants.  Continue reading

The Five Best and Worst Things about #WorldMentalHealthDay

I, and many people I have communicated with through social media, have very mixed feelings towards this day and other similar ‘Awareness Days’. So I thought I’d list a few things, because… well, balance. Continue reading

Dear Stranger…

A little project I helped on a while back Out 02 July 2015 ‘Dear Stranger is an inspiration’ Stylist Dear Stranger is a collection of inspirational, honest and heartfelt letters from authors, bloggers and Mind ambassadors to an imagined stranger. … Continue reading

‘Diet Pill Deaths’ won’t end any time soon…

The truth is that in some, if not many cases, there is a calculated risk involved when it comes to taking diet pills or supplements purchased over the internet. We shouldn’t be worrying so much about the name of the chemical, but addressing what it is that drives people to become desperate enough to take pills without even knowing what’s in them. Continue reading