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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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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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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Depression is a Bully

The truth of the matter is depression is a bully! A big, fat, cheating, loathsome menace, that only you can beat  when armed with awareness and mindset. I know this because I have experienced it; I had postnatal depression, as well as other dark bouts of depression up until my forties. I was lucky enough…

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It’s good to talk!

Can you believe it’s been two decades since the BT advert ‘it’s good to talk’ commercials? If my memory serves me correctly it was the endearing ‘Bob Hoskins’, whilst offering BT ‘friends and family’ deals, who always ended with the catchphrase ‘it’s good to talk’.  We could do with that slogan today, more than ever.…

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Human Connection

Don’t you just love it when someone shares something with you that makes you realise you are not so alone? We humans gain a macabre sense of well-being when we read or hear about someone who has a worse life than we do! I mean, its why we enjoy memoirs or soaps isn’t it? Because…

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Is Memoir Writing A Form of Therapy?

In my hours of research on ‘how to write a memoir’ last year, I often came across articles criticising memoir writers for using it as a form of therapy. I have pondered over this in recent times, since my memoir did actually end up being very therapeutic, albeit ‘accidentally’.  It showed me how I had…

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Wake Up Call

So, it’s Monday. The day for Monday blogs and I realise that I am seriously neglecting this area of my life now.  With so much to learn about publishing and promoting my book I just haven’t made the time.  But enough of excuses, it’s just not good enough!  I love writing and I need to keep doing it.…

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Equality with Physical and Mental health

At a time in the world where I believe we are striving for equality in so many areas of life, be it for the colour of our skin, our gender, sex, religion, career, disability (I apologise for the things I have missed here), I think it’s time to sit up and listen to the need…

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How Facing Your Fears Can Transform Mental Health.

So I mentioned in my previous blog how I struggled with a mini bout of anxiety recently. It happened about one month ago (May 2021), around the time when a great deal was changing in my life: my career, my dad passing, one of my daughters struggling with a traumatic set of circumstances, coming out…

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