“We have a lot of mental health problems in our country, as do other countries, but this isn’t a guns situation…” Oh Donald, Donald, Donald, where do I start with this one? As 26 people lay dead in Texas with a further 20 wounded, victims of another mass shooting massacre, the US must, again, ask … More Guns Don’t Kill People, Mental Health Problems Do!
I’ve written a lot about mental health. You might have noticed. What I haven’t written about is attitudes to mental health in the workplace. This is a hugely important issue if we are to ever reach a point where we can truly say that mental health is considered as important an issue as physical health. … More Mental Health at Work – Who’s Got Your Back?
Life can change forever in a moment… In the aftermath of marriage breakdown how do we pick ourselves up and start again? In August 2014 Matthew Williams was forced to do just that. In Something Changed he navigates us through his journey with wit and wisdom, taking in divorce, dating and self-discovery while facing the … More ‘Something Changed’ – Book Now Available on Amazon Kindle
Life can change forever in a moment… In the aftermath of marriage breakdown how do we pick ourselves up and start again? In August 2014 Matthew Williams was forced to do just that. In Something Changed he navigates us through his journey with wit and wisdom, taking in divorce, dating and self-discovery while facing the … More Book Trailer: ‘Something Changed – Stumbling through Divorce, Dating & Depression’
“Youth hostelling with Chris Eubank” Now, it’s fair to say I’ve had some strange, surreal, brilliant experiences as a result of my blog but today tops the lot. It does not involve budget accommodation and Mr Christopher Livingstone Eubank Esq but it’s not far off: Mental Health with Louie Spence. For ITV’s Lorraine.Yep, I didn’t … More Mental Health with Louie Spence
Referring to somebody as ‘out of their mind’ is generally not intended nor received as a compliment. In fact, I expect that the title of this post would lead readers to anticipate another heavy read about the darkness of mental illness. Not today folks. Quite the opposite; today I’m talking about the benefits of taking yourself … More Letting the Light In – Out of My Mind!
We define ourselves in many ways: our job, our personal roles – father, friend, partner – and by the things that we do for ourselves (minds out of the gutter please), those things that take us outside of ourselves and make us feel alive. Over the last year of writing this blog I’ve been so … More Letting the Light In – Reading My Way Through Life
I was always a thinker. Scratch that, I was always an overthinker. It’s not a choice, it’s just the way my brain works. Most of the time it’s a good thing: a proclivity to think and a questioning nature helps me – I hope – to view things from a wider point of view than … More What I Think About When I Think About Recovery
Stumbling through fog, steps unsteady, Lacking direction, feet feeling heavy; Tied to a weight that anchors my will, Resists forward motion, implores me to be still. To shrink within the mist that obscures the way, Out of this funk that shrouds my days; Draws blinds across the path that stretches far ahead, Starving hopes to … More Stumbling Through Fog
It’s been a very special week for me this week. Time to Change, the national organisation committed to increasing awareness of mental health and reducing stigma and discrimination, launched a new campaign aimed at men and encouraging them to talk about mental health and to support their mates if they think they might be struggling. … More With a Lot of Help From My Friends