So many people with mental health problems still live in shame - people struggling with addiction, mothers who have had their children removed, people who have been caught in the criminal justice system. Why end the funding now?
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!
LITERALLY. How many social media channels can I share this news on?! I'll be spamming other people's blog sites next (I wont). Anyway, apologies if you've already seen this on Twitter, Facebook, Workplace or LinkedIn, but those bloody lovely people at Time to Change only went and got me an invite to Buckingham bloody Palace … Continue reading A right royal knees up
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!
When the madness kicks in and you’re about to fall off life’s little raft again, it’s a seriously lonely place to be. In fact, when you get to that point you’re no longer paddling, you’re fiercely bobbing under the waves, gasping for breath and swallowing a shit load of toxic water. Anxiety is a bitch. … Continue reading In my corner
Today's instalment in Standard Issue Magazine discussing psychosis and stigma with Alastair Campbell. The year 2016 is drawing to a close. And you could say it’s been one hell of a rollercoaster ride in terms of politics. Well, I say rollercoaster: it’s actually been a one-way, never-ending log flume plunging us into the murky waters … Continue reading It REALLY couldn’t happen to a nicer….Political Strategist
My post for World Mental Health Day and Time to Change, written for the fabulous Standard Issue Magazine - 'a smart and witty online magazine for women by women' founded by the fabulous Sarah Millican. A series of unfortunate stereotypes Lemony Snicket's Aunt Josephine is terrified of everything. Estate agents, leeches, the telephone, Count Olaf. … Continue reading A series of unfortunate stereotypes
I wrote the following article for the Journal. Published 08.10.16. It's World Mental Health Day on Monday. But why should we care? I have a mental health disorder. You can often find me on Northumberland Street, shaking like a leaf, muttering to myself and pushing eighteen cats in a pram. That, of course, is a … Continue reading Weak? Scary? Violent?