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!
It's around 15 days til publication day - yeay and fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck! But you're not on your own with the nerves. After all, to produce a book you work with skilled editors, cover designers, proof readers and, in my case, illustrators. My first book, A Series of Unfortunate Stereotypes - Naming and Shaming Mental Health Stigmas … Continue reading Illustrating mental health
On Tuesday 6th March I will be standing in front of a room of people, convinced I am going to pee myself, cringing at the fact I will be charading as an author by signing books and wondering if I ever really had anxiety after all.... Why? Because I have anxiety and I am a … Continue reading Book launch – A Series of Unfortunate Stereotypes
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
I can barely believe it's been a whole year since I slept in, bodged my eyeliner and didn't have time to wash my hair before dashing to the train station and winging my way to London for the Time to Change storycamp event. But it has. A whole year. And in that year so much … Continue reading Good morning Storycampers!