TW: description of depression I want to share this poem that my dad sent to me today. I hadn't seen it before, but he wrote it back in the 90s. It's about depression. It's pretty powerful I think. He's always been really artistic - he writes, plays music and he used to paint, too. He's … Continue reading Ode to a Tormented soul
1 in 4 of us experience mental illness at some point in our lives – but its prevalence doesn’t make it an easy ride. We have the US president tackling the ‘stigma’ of guns by blaming mass shootings on mental illness instead. But the image of violent mentally ill people is untrue. According to Time … Continue reading We shouldn’t shy away from the ugly side of mental illness
The media has reported that Ant McPartlin is undergoing treatment for depression and addiction issues. He's certainly not the first celebrity to have fallen foul of self-medication. But why do stars head down this path, when surely they have access to the best doctors and treatment programmes in existence? Think about it this way. You've … Continue reading It’s not a party lifestyle that drives stars to self-medication, it’s the pressure to carry on regardless
We all love to boo a pantomime baddie, but that's usually because they're stealing a magic lamp or weaving destructive magic spells. We know it's all made up and we know they'll get their comeuppance. But yet again, Katie Hopkins and Piers Morgan are enjoying the boos and hisses by taking their pantomime into real … Continue reading Stop using mental health as bait
There's a charter for those who work in PR, marketing, accountancy and HR. It's to promote responsibility. Yet celebrities - who have a much greater influence than I have, for example, in my PR role - don't have to sign up to anything. So it's kind of about trust and good will. What would you … Continue reading Pipe down Piers
I'm a bit late to the party with this little beauty from Bryony Gordon. But I'm bloody glad I turned up....fashionably. Mad Girl tackles the topic of OCD, or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Specifically, it's Bryony's personal experience of living with OCD and that's why it's equally authentic, uplifting and pee your pants funny. First of … Continue reading Review: Mad Girl
It's tough enough identifying what's real and what's anxiety, but what the actual fuck is this!? Anxiety makes me doubt everything. 'Chris, the hens are absolutely over run with red mite'. 'OK love, I'm on my way home, I'll pick some stuff up to fix it'. Doubt pings into my racing mind. Did I really … Continue reading What the actual f**k is this!?