I have been battling with mental distress on and off for over 25 years and have been a mental health service user since 1994. This blog began as a means of dealing with my most recent relapse and re-diagnosis with bipolar disorder in 2011 and has grown in ways I never could have imagined. I was the proud recipient of a TWIM Award 2012 (mood disorder category) and am honoured to have received the Mark Hanson Digital Award as part of the Virgin Money Giving Mind Media Awards. In January 2014 I was voted joint winner of the recovery category #Twentalhealthawards “for the best mental health Twitter accounts” and runner up in the campaigning and patient experience categories.
While I want this blog to have a wide reach in order to connect with other people in similar situations, it remains my space for exploring what it is like to have a serious mental illness. No one is paying me to do this; nor am I any kind of public service. Debate and an additional viewpoint are welcome, comments which are abusive, judgemental or critical of me as a person rather than critical of ideas under discussion, will not be published.
Important update September 2017:
This blog has been mostly wound down; I am not longer able to connect with it. I continue to post very occasionally, but no posts from the last year have been open for comments. I appreciate that people continue to leave comments on past posts, but I am not able to check regularly and posts may go unmoderated for some time. This is not a reflection on the comment or the poster, but reflects the fact that I do not tend the blog in the way I once did. I’m certainly not in a place to go back to discussions on posts the I wrote four or five years ago. So please don’t take it personally if I don’t moderate or otherwise respond to your comment – it’s not you, I just don’t have the resources.