“Just Talk”: the Limits of Tackling Stigma

Stigma is a huge issue when it comes to mental health, but it’s not an issue which is uniform or which can be tackled simply by talking as much as possible. We need good talk. A diversity of voices, telling their stories, calling out the bullshit, recognising the fallibility of our own beliefs, understanding that not everything can be explained, and that sometimes the invocation to ‘just talk’ can hurt more people than it helps.


Mental health and housing

In this report, the Mental Health Foundation has drawn on the expertise of people living and working in supported accommodation settings across England, and presents their views of both building and service related issues. The report focuses on five approaches to providing supported accommodation: Care Support Plus – High Level Integrated Support Homelessness Complex Needs […]


Everything is relative

Firstly, I’d like to apologise if I get rather irritated while writing this post. I have spent a lot of time chasing after the best this, or the perfect that… Yet in truth, aren’t everything relative? Indeed, certain things are made fit for the job, thus “more suitable” than any other thing. I mentioned previously […]


Social Anxiety Disorder

Social Anxiety Disorder is an anxiety disorder which is also called as social phobia, where a person fears of any social situation. The fear is so excessive and unreasonable that they cannot control themselves at all. They have a fear of being closely watched, judged and commented by others. They are so self-conscious that they […]


My Morning Ritual Is the Cheesiest Thing You’ll Read About This Week, Probably

A couple of weeks ago, I shared some tips for doing a Happiness Jar, which I usually do at the end of the day. It’s an evening ritual that’s brought me so much joy, so I wanted to share. I also have a morning ritual, and the title of this post is not mere clickbait. […]


Sometimes I Cry…..

….real tears of sadness as I pass through the village I spent most of my childhood in. So many changes have taken place during my years of absence that, although, not unrecognisable, the village I once knew is no longer apparent. Although embarrassed by these tears, at the same time, they demonstrate that my emotions […]


Beds are in short supply at some mental health units for children and young people – ITV News

If the figures in this report are to be believed, then this is a very disturbing situation for young people to be in. Very often, young people won’t seek help because they are either too afraid, or they don’t think they will be believed. That is why when they do come forward, we must do […]