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!

We shouldn’t shy away from the ugly side of mental illness

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

EastEnders: Is it wrong to portray somebody with mental illness talking to themselves?

This will probably go down like a lead balloon....and I will state right away that I am completely happy to be challenged on this - you might even change my mind...but here goes... I know that there has been upset regarding the Lisa Fowler storyline in EastEnders. Her character returned to the Square and within … Continue reading EastEnders: Is it wrong to portray somebody with mental illness talking to themselves?

Panorama – a prescription for propaganda

So the recent Panorama has caused some controversy. It was entitled 'A prescription for murder' and was supposedly an investigation into the dangerous effects of antidepressants. In my view, it was wholly unfair and served to reinvigorate stigma around medication. Of course, I'm not suggesting that taking SSRIs is a risk free business, and I … Continue reading Panorama – a prescription for propaganda

It’s time to start speaking to children about mental health

Last week marked the final hearing in the joint inquiry into the role of education in children's mental health. Among the issues discussed in the inquiry were awareness, training for teachers and support for pupils.  I want to focus on that first point. Awareness. Read this article in the independent. For more, follow me on … Continue reading It’s time to start speaking to children about mental health