6 tips on striking a balance when writing about mental health in fictional settings
Who made up the rules about what illnesses or symptoms should be shameful?
Does having a mental health problem make you less qualified for a job? Of course not. But sadly, some people still hold this belief. When I was working for Time to Change over the summer last year, I interviewed so many people who had experienced bullying and discrimination as a result of disclosing their mental … Continue reading Lived experience of mental health problems is an asset – not a liability
It's been a while since I typed....and that's because I've been spending the last few weeks recording, editing and mixing. I have technical skills I had no idea I had. Audacity has become my friend. Which is really great for someone who freaks out at the sight of a new type of coffee jug in … Continue reading The REALLY Cast – a brand new mental health podcast
It's always nerve-wracking picking up a book that's clouded in controversy when you're usually outspoken. Especially as a non-professional who has no lived experience when it comes to the subject matter (personality disorder diagnoses) but I'd be a bit of a wuss if I didn't share my views - for what they're worth... Although I'm … Continue reading Book Review: Taming the Beast Within
This was originally a thread I posted on Twitter one night about the reality of anxiety as an illness (hence the strange snippet like style!) Feel free to read on Twitter via the link if you prefer 🙂 I don't know what a heart attack feels like. But I've had palpitations. I don't know … Continue reading If you haven’t experienced anxiety as an illness, please read this
Basically....this is a GIANT plug for my book AGAIN. It's not like I ever stop. I always use the excuse that I'm a first time writer, not exactly Matt Haig or Bryony Gordon and desperate for external validation...hence I need to promote the shite out of it. Anyway, here are some of the more recent … Continue reading A series of unfortunate stereotypes – the reviews
My one and only piece for NME (does this make me cool or someone rapidly approaching 40 yet desperately hanging on to their youth, increasingly jealous of their 19 year old step son who takes better selfies and has a much wider taste in music). Anyway, I like NME, I loved Hole and Nirvana and … Continue reading Have we finally got to grips with the truth behind tortured rock stars?
It's been a strange few weeks. I've been off with the worst bout of anxiety that has afflicted my tired brain in almost two decades. I've probably been far more sociable in a virtual sense - but given I've been off work, missed the pub quiz (again), missed my other half performing in Sunday for … Continue reading Publication week, anxiety and media love
Dear Donald, I read with interest your comments about the recent shooting in Florida. I can understand your concerns about mentally ill people. I myself live in a country that, according to statistics, has a higher prevalence of mental health issues than the US (in the UK, apparently 1 in 4 of us are 'crazy' … Continue reading Dear Donald – my word, you’re bang on the money this time!