Coming off antidepressant medication has brought challenges, and a realisation that I have been running myself into the ground. My brain is fried right now and I need a break, to look after myself and get myself well again. It’s important for me to document this, for my own sake to track how I am … More Vlog: Frazzled! Time Out
To quote the lyrics of ‘Marblehead Johnson’ by The Bluetones, ‘Tonight I’m wound tighter than a watch spring, tonight you owe my patience quite a debt…’ Well, that’s not strictly true, because right now I have no patience AT ALL. In my latest update I talk about the ongoing challenges of withdrawal from antidepressants – … More Vlog: Antidepressant Withdrawal – Tablets & Tantrums!
I posted a couple of days ago about coming off anti-depressants. I felt great. The last couple of days… not so much! In trying to raise awareness of issues around mental health I think it’s important to be honest. That means being able to highlight when things aren’t feeling great, and to show that managing … More Vlog: Coming Off Antidepressants – Not a Barrel Of Laughs!
There are a many misconceptions about antidepressants. People seem to think that they turn you into a different person. Well, they helped to turn me from a very ill person to a well person, but they didn’t turn me into somebody else, and they didn’t change my personality (whether that’s for better or for worse … More Vlog: I’m Coming Off Antidepressants – and Look, I’m Still Me!
World Cup 2018 – hope, glory, passion – who’d have thought it?!? No achievement comes easily, we can face fear, adversity and even humiliation along the way. For Gareth Southgate it was missing a penalty in the semi final of Euro 96, for me it was having a public breakdown in front of over 100 … More Vlog: It’s Coming Home Kids! – What We Can Learn from England’s Lions
42% of men in the UK aged 18-45 have considered suicide. That’s nearly half of us, yet it is still such a difficult, taboo subject to talk about. But talking is only half the battle, we need to normalise conversations around men’s mental health so that not only can we talk about it, but more … More Vlog: Come on Lads – Let’s Talk Mental Health!
It’s important to be open about mental health. However, even as someone that is able to be open about my own struggles it can still be difficult. Here I consider the issue of mental health & dating – at what point should we tell a date that we have / had mental health issues?
I often get asked whether I am scared that depression will come back. My two bouts of depression were far and away the toughest times of my life, but no, I don’t worry that it will inevitably return like some horror-film monster. Here are a few thoughts on the question of whether depression will come … More Vlog – Will Depression Come Back?
As men we can face pressure from ourselves and society to be ‘tough’, to not show emotions or ‘weakness’. Here’s a few thoughts on why I think that’s a load of old bollocks, and why it’s so important to challenge this, with suicide being the leading cause of death among men under 45. Enjoy!
You can’t please everybody! Ah well, got to take the rough with the smooth. Still, bringing my lack of virility into it may be a touch harsh… Order your copy here and find out if she has a point! https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1912218143