This post is a thank you, to everybody that has read my book and for the very generous reviews and comments that have been written. It’s hard to say just how much it means to have your words resonate with the lives of others; to make them smile, laugh, cry and think. Most important to … More Something Changed – The Reviews Are In!
Struggling with mental health is compounded by stigma, ignorance and judgements which prevent many people from seeking the help they need. This vlog considers the importance of challenging this stigma, of raising awareness, and the reality of mental illness and taking anti-depressant medication.
One of the very satisfying things about publishing my first book has been seeing the responses from readers on social media, often accompanied by a photo of the book. Especially satisfying was seeing it land in Austin, Texas, both due to the distance travelled and the fact that I have a family connection there. One … More ‘So, It’s Not a Comedy Then…?’
August 2013 Dear Matthew, Welcome back. You did it! I know how hard this last few months have been. I know that you didn’t think you’d make it, but you did. I know that I don’t need to tell you this – after all, you’ve been here before after recovering from your first mental breakdown … More Dear Matthew – Buckle Up Son!
A few things I never expected to be in my life: * mentally ill * a champion for mental health * a divorcee * a single parent * a published author It’s funny how life works out. All of the above have come to pass in my life. If you had shown that list to … More Great Expectations
‘I think you’re really brave.’ I’ve heard this a lot since I started writing about divorce and mental health. I always appreciate the sentiment but, truth be told, it’s never felt like a brave thing to do for me. Let me explain. Around 25 years ago I started my first full-time job (and hell, saying … More Who’s a Brave Boy?
This post was originally written for Positively Positive. Change. Apparently we don’t do the change thing very well. In fact, somewhere along the way it seems that we became so rubbish at it that ‘Change Managers’ and ‘Change Agents’ seem to have sprung up all over the place. (Can you imagine the graveyards of the … More Something Changed – Embracing Life’s Unexpected Detours
One of the hardest things for us to understand is the feeling of being suicidal. We all know that life has its ups and downs and that we will go through struggles in our lives, but most people will never seriously contemplate taking their own life, and it is very difficult to understand people that … More Vlog – Understanding Suicide
Seeing a loved one struggling with a mental health problem is very difficult. People ask me how they can help a friend, partner or family member that is experiencing difficulties. I hope that this vlog offers some thoughts that might help. If there is anything that you would like to see addressed in my vlogs … More Vlog – How Do You Support Somebody With a Mental Health Problem?