Love to All on a Tricky ‘Holiday’ #NewYearsEve

Sending love out there to everyone, no matter what this evening means to you. Struggling with tonight is not a sign of weakness. Not having fond memories or proud ‘achievements’ from 2018 isn’t a sign of failure. Today and tomorrow are days like any other; if ‘all’ you do is survive them, that is amazing.… Continue reading Love to All on a Tricky ‘Holiday’ #NewYearsEve

A Poignant Piece on the No-Win “Good”-“Bad” Psychiatric Patient Spectrum

This is a really poignant piece.  Just one short quote out of the many I considered sharing with you: “I struggle to be seen as a patient, whereas other mentally ill folks struggle to be seen as human.” Please take the time to read this whether you come into contact with the mental health system at… Continue reading A Poignant Piece on the No-Win “Good”-“Bad” Psychiatric Patient Spectrum

The Nonsensical Mental Health System: Boxes, Time Limits, Generalisations and Stigma

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The Pain of ‘Days’ (re: Fathers’ Day)

Days of emotional, familial, cultural or religious importance can be painful for many; for some of those suffering with poor mental health, it can be downright unbearable. Perhaps the day serves to remind one of an absent, neglectful or abusive person; perhaps it intensifies loneliness; perhaps it triggers elements of illness such as flashbacks; perhaps… Continue reading The Pain of ‘Days’ (re: Fathers’ Day)

“Hands, put your empty hands in mine” – The Importance of Peer Support

From the moment I shared my first mental health doodle, peer support became a very real part of my well-being. First, it was on a small (but no less important) scale of friends and family getting in touch with kind words of encouragement and shared experience. From there it exploded until I was on the… Continue reading “Hands, put your empty hands in mine” – The Importance of Peer Support

The Respect Lacking from the Mental Health System

The more that I come into contact with ‘the system’, the more I discover the disturbing and unforgivable lack of respect held for patients. It should be a core tenet of a system looking after human beings that each person is treated with the respect that everyone deserves. If that one aim is not achieved,… Continue reading The Respect Lacking from the Mental Health System