It’s World Mental Health Day and I’m Tired

We are in the midst of a mental health crisis and no matter how many millions of pounds are ploughed into glossy awareness campaigns, no matter how many Royals and celebrities look down a lens and tell us that things can change, no matter what colours we wear or filters we add to our social media accounts, without huge amounts of actual ring-fenced funding to support mental health services, this downward spiral will continue. Continue reading

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

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

‘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