Things You Don’t Know About Stigma

Have you ever wondered how stigma evolves?  No, I’m not talking about that sticky stem that attracts pollen and bees in the centre of flowers, but rather, the negative beliefs and attitudes that can build prejudice and stereotypes, especially with mental health illness.   Evolution of Stigma Stigma evolves through fear or lack of understanding.…

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How to Take Criticism

I feel I have a good grasp on what can be considered ‘constructive feedback’ having recently studied the role of Evaluator with my Toastmaster’s group.  I gave my first evaluation last week for someone’s ‘icebreaker’ speech and was careful to abide by the sandwich technique, giving lots of praise, followed by a few constructive comments on how to…

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Stand Tall !

I posted the picture above on Twitter this week for a hashtag post with the word #stand. I thought it summed up a very good example of the word and on such a significant occasion.  This got me drifting back to the time it happened in 2019 and remembering not only how difficult it was,…

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What is Happiness?

  My father once told me that ‘money cannot buy happiness,’ and I used to think, “easy for you to say – when you have a heck of a lot of it!” But then, after deeper discussion, he further explained how he believed happiness is in the journey to riches, not the result of living…

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Blind Date

Marilyn had made more effort with her appearance than usual.  She would never leave the house without her warpaint applied each morning, carefully choosing the right outfit to impress the mothers at the school gate. But tonight, was a special occasion; it called for her blazing red lipstick, extra thick lashes, and stiletto heels.  First to…

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The Hardest Part of Writing my Memoir

I did a great deal of research whilst writing my memoir ‘Catch Me if I Fall’.  Having never written anything before (other than thank you letters, and Christmas cards), I had a lot of ground to cover, both with grammar and structure.    Something I discovered as a top tip for a great memoir, is…

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A Beta Reader Makes You Better!

No, it is not a typo; I do mean BETA reader. This is the person who reads an author’s new book before it is sent off to the editor. I can hardly believe that I am at this point with my latest book, which is book one of a three-part series. Purpose of a beta…

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Why Reading is Good for Your Health

When did you last lose yourself in a good book? I believe something rather magical happens when we get lost in a book. We not only lose ourselves within the pages, but we sometimes find a piece of ourselves too!  In recent times, I’ve been reading around three books a week. I’ve had to reduce this slightly since I…

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Things You Don’t Know About Psychosis

At the end of my mental health stigma presentations, I give everyone the opportunity to ask questions.  I reassure the guests that despite the traumatic nature of my spinal cord injury and the psychosis that led to it, I am comfortable talking about all elements of my spinal cord injury or psychosis.  What people want to…

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A Little Kindness Goes a Long Way

Sadly, in today’s world, we can lose our faith in humanity at times. It’s outrageous to witness, but there are a few people who take deliberate actions to send words or thoughts of misfortune, wishing someone harm or ill-fortune.  No matter what goes on in this world, we should never judge others and always be…

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