Lived experience of mental health problems is an asset – not a liability

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

Have we finally got to grips with the truth behind tortured rock stars?

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?

Dear Donald – my word, you’re bang on the money this time!

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!