Tag Archives: Mental health

Ten ways to make service user participation more meaningful

I’ve been to a few events in past months as a patient/service user representative. Some events have had a specific mental health remit, others have looked at the wider NHS, but either way the focus has been on improving individuals’ … Continue reading

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Finding ‘Mike’

I’ll be wearing waterproof mascara tonight. I’ve a feeling it’s going to get emotional. I can’t remember exactly where I was when I first heard about the #FindMike campaign. I do know that one day I said to my partner … Continue reading

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Look down: the benefits of online friendships

So, there’s a guy called Gary Turk who’s made what is being hailed as a “life changing” video. Look Up is about the dangers of being constantly attached to our devices and the evils of social media and is being widely shared, … Continue reading

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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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