Tag Archives: Activism

I asked for help

I asked for help when I was 12. I looked, alone, in my middle school library at a teenage health book. It told me that depression is an illness. It is real. You can be helped. It took me days … Continue reading

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No desk to call my own: who exactly has “poverty of aspiration” round here?

Another day, another story about the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) “workfare” schemes, where people are made to work at any old job for their state benefits, rather than being paid a wage. We already knew that forcing people … Continue reading

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Complaint to the Samaritans re: Radar app

FAO Chief Executive, The Samaritans. Re: Radar app. I wish to complain about the disastrous implementation of the Samaritans Radar app this week. The nature of my complaint is threefold. Firstly, you launched a risky and invasive app upon an … Continue reading

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An impossible ask

I’m going to start with a massive TRIGGER WARNING. This post contains numerous references to suicidal thoughts and descriptions of methods, as well as intrusive thoughts of self-harm. Please don’t read on if this could be damaging to you. After … Continue reading

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Now the party’s over: what is World Mental Health Day for, anyway?

For the mental health community, it’s The Morning After. Those involved in the community have spent the past month pushing the mental health message. It’s been taken to political party conferences. It’s appeared on talk show sofas. 7th October marked … Continue reading

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A more accepting age? Why stigma is nowhere near a thing of the past

STIGMA fig. A mark of disgrace or infamy; a sign of severe censure or condemnation, regarded as impressed on a person or thing; a ‘brand’. Example: 1882   J. H. Blunt Reformation Church of Eng. II. 172   Branded with the stigma … 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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