Mental Health

All things mental health from a person who has overcome a seriously dysfunctional childhood and survived two mental breakdowns.

protecting mental health
Mental Health

How to Protect Mental Health During Lockdown

All areas of life spin round in circles and lockdown is no different. What was amazing last week might feel downright exhausting now. People you could count on during the first few weeks, when you were struggling, might be in need of your help two months in. Children who were previously loving being at home […]

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grief
Mental Health

Collective Grief and Comparative Suffering During COVID-19

With the collective grief we’re all feeling right now, I’d like to try and articulate my thoughts. I can’t promise it’ll be massively coherent but hopefully it will bring someone, somewhere a little bit of comfort during these strangest of times. Although I don’t have much experience of death – the only significant person I […]

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coronavirus diaries
Mental Health

The Coronavirus Diaries

Like everyone else, across the planet, I’m trying to make sense of the coronavirus. As we’re pretty certain my husband has had the virus (symptoms started on Friday 20th March) I’ve been keeping a diary. He is literally the fittest and healthiest person I know in real life and is rarely ill. He’s never had […]

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online resilience course
Mental Health

Polly Tries: My Experience of the Role Models Online Resilience Course

When Role Models approached me at the beginning of February to see whether Polly would like to do their online resilience course, we were in the midst of a tricky time. After a great end to 2019 and decent start to 2020, tensions were once again running high. Puberty and autism is a heady mix […]

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Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable
Mental Health

Let Me Tell You About Mental Health

Let me tell you about mental healthIt’s not all monumental highs and epic lowsDistraught damsels in distressManiacs fighting in the streetStill “in” gays, trans people trappedThe battered and defeated Aren’t the only onesWho are suffering So, let me tell you about mental healthThe way your fingers curl into themselves Your eyes bore into the back […]

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