I love the new and exciting opportunities that have consistently presented themselves to me since I began writing. Recently I had the pleasure of taking part in a fantastic photo shoot with the very talented Frank Cox, of Raw 35, and Victoria Auton. Their pictures show how photography can capture different aspects of us and … More A Picture Paints a Thousand Words
‘You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever.’ Steve Jobs I wrote a book. I didn’t know I was writing a book, … More Connecting the Dots
Men aren’t very good at accepting the truth about depression. Many men don’t even believe that it exists, considering it to be a fiction created by weak minded fools that, in reality, just need to get a grip of themselves. After all, we all have bad days but real men get on with it, right? … More 7 Things Darth Vader Can Teach Us About Depression
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…?’
‘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?