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?
Every day we see the highlight reels of countless people’s lives on social media. It’s good for us to share these happy times with our friends and family, but it can be too easy to question the reality of our own lives when comparing them to the highlights of others’. Living in the social media … More Vlog – Life, it’s Not All Sunshine, Palm Trees & Hammocks!
My latest video discusses just how depression actually feels and why it is so, so far away from merely feeling sad or miserable. Imagine trying to ask someone that is steaming drunk to act stone cold sober and you may get some idea of how it feels for a severely depressed person to be told … More Vlog – How it Feels to Live With the Black Dog
‘Matthew, you’ve changed…’ Yes, that’s right, I’ve changed. A lot. Depression and divorce will do that to a man, you see. Well, I say that, but that’s not necessarily true is it? Sometimes life has to keep throwing the same old shit at us time, and time, and time again, until we finally get the … More I Didn’t Want to Change, But Life Demanded that I Must…
“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?