Tag Archives: Mental health

Ten things not to say to a suicidal person

In July 2011 I wrote a post entitled, “Ten things not to say to a depressed person.” It was the first piece on this blog to attract a large audience and I own much of my blogging success to that … Continue reading

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A mental health fairy tale

The following is, sadly, a work of fiction. It’s based on the kind of excellent physical rehabilitation care I have seen elderly friends experience, where the focus is on as swift as possible a return to wellness. It also draws … Continue reading

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Listen with your eyes

I’ve been around Twitter for while. I joined up in a personal capacity almost seven years ago, although I probably didn’t really get going for a couple of years. I became “@BipolarBlogger” somewhat later, when this blog got going in … Continue reading

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Guest post: The long journey ahead

Today my friend Golden Ink, who has supported me so much in recent months, shares her fears about her mental health and the conclusions emerging as 2013 nears its end. It’s coming up to Christmas and I’d like to ask … Continue reading

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When we don’t know what we don’t know: the “forced C-section” case

A heavily pregnant woman with bipolar – let’s call her A – is sectioned after a panic attack. Social workers, unable to wait until the child is born, demand that it be delivered early, ready to snatch it the moment … Continue reading

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A Mind Media Award winner – thanks to you

This is a  quick post just to say a huge thank you to anyone who nominated this blog for the Mark Hanson digital media award at the 2013 Mind Media Awards. When the email came to say I’d been shortlisted … Continue reading

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Self-awareness

A few weeks ago, I saw a GP for an urgent re-referral back to Consultant care. I was embarrassed by my plight. “I just feel like these unseen, malevolent forces are trying to thwart me at every turn,” I told … Continue reading

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This is what a mental patient looks like

Yesterday I spent a while with a group of service users and their supporters hanging around the gates of Thorpe Park. Only Katie Sutton, initiator of the online petition “Thorpe Park – close down the stigma”, was allowed on the … Continue reading

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#AsylumNO, the response: what do you think?

Dear Charlotte Firstly, can I thank you for the time that you’ve taken in contacting us either via twitter, guest services or the press office.  We haven’t been ignoring you but as the Divisional Director here at Thorpe Park, I … Continue reading

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Dear Thorpe Park: re shockingly insensitive “Asylum” event

Dear Guest Services, I understand that you plan to plan to run a Fright NIght event entitled “The Asylum.” Your website promises “a chaotic environment of noise, light and like action” where guests must “watch [their] back as [they] encounter … Continue reading

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