The Dark Hours – Book Review

  I have decided to write the occasional blog on books that I read. What better way to start than with a book written by my editor ‘Alison Williams’!  It’s always good to check that your editor practices what she preaches, (said tongue in cheek!) I was not disappointed, it was brilliantly written and I…

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Can We Recover from Mental Illness?

There is much debate over the causes of mental illness, but equally so when looking at whether it is something that is curable. Science says that it is not curable. However, we can, supposedly, recover from mental health illness, something which cannot be denied since it is the individuals experience that defines this. (Cure =…

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Why You Need More Friends

I was walking my dogs early this morning when my phone battery died. I took this as a sign to think about this week’s blog post, since I couldn’t listen to my usual audible book app.   My mind drifted to the people in my life, acquaintances, and friends. I’ve always been a little hung…

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Flip flops

The Hidden Dangers of Flip Flops

When I was in Sheffield spinal unit, back in 2019, I thrived on many of the challenges I faced. My goal was to get home as quickly as possible, so I threw myself into physio and muscle strengthening like a crazy person. I was determined to get my body back walking again. Ambassador for the…

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The Dying Metaphor

When I started fiction writing last year, I learnt from the oh-so-helpful Twitter writing community that ‘clichés’ were a no-go area. I did my best to resist them in my latest novel, yet, as I progress through my manuscript, I am discovering that my editor has removed many of my analogies, and – what I…

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Why Do You Read a Blog Post?

So, I drew a blank with what to write about this week; mental health stigma, something about my recovery from a spinal cord injury, or any other ‘general stuff’.  Why did I draw a blank? Perhaps because it’s fathers day and I feel a little low. But I started to think, why do people want…

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How Would you Cope Being in a Wheelchair for a Day?

This is a question some of us ask ourselves when we meet people in wheelchairs in everyday life, perhaps imagining what it would be like to be in their position. I remember my husband once telling me that as part of his training with Mencap, he spent three hours in a wheelchair to gain perspective…

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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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