6 months in – mental health and the pandemic

I keep hearing people talk about the mental health impact of the pandemic. But as with seemingly everything else in life, people are polarised about it. There are the people who think the impact of lockdown is too great, the separation and financial concern too unbearable – and there are those whose anxiety is skyrocketingContinue reading “6 months in – mental health and the pandemic”

Mental Health First Aid (Hebden Bridge) *Summer Sale*

The sun may not be warming our hearts much this summer but this is a fantastic chance to become a Mental Health First Aider at an amazing discounted rate (60% off the RRP!) Join me in Hebden Bridge on 25th / 26th July at the Quilt Cabin – see link below for full details. HebdenContinue reading “Mental Health First Aid (Hebden Bridge) *Summer Sale*”

RIP Mike Oliver – pioneer of social model of disability

https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/world/2019/03/mike-oliver-pioneer-of-revolutionary-social-model-of-disability-dies-reports.html When I was in the market to buy a house, many moons ago when that was a vague possibility before it all went awry – one of the properties we looked at caught my eye. It had a fantastic red kitchen. Those who know me know I love a bit of red. However asContinue reading “RIP Mike Oliver – pioneer of social model of disability”

Children’s Mental Health Week. A rant.

I hear a lot of comments as I do the rounds of my training, a lot of thoughts and opinions, pre-judgements about mental health. Some thoughtful, insightful, some stigmatised/stigmatising, offensive and downright wrong. That’s ok. People come to learn about mental health, I want them to air their thoughts and preconceptions so we can discussContinue reading “Children’s Mental Health Week. A rant.”

Diagnosis

In my previous job, as a librarian, I knew well the importance of metadata. Of correct labelling. Sometimes, the labels and descriptors that we assign to an item help us to put it in its place, in context amongst other things. Help us to understand more about the item, than what we can see onContinue reading “Diagnosis”

Cause of Death – not just suicide we need to worry about.

I was just checking to see if there were any updated statistics yet on the number of suicides in the UK – not yet. I wanted to see if last year’s slight reduction was the beginning of a trend or just a blip. Anyway – I found myself perusing the figures, and also those forContinue reading “Cause of Death – not just suicide we need to worry about.”

Why is challenging stigma the most important part of what I do?

Stigma stops people thinking about Mental Health Stigma stops people learning about Mental Health Stigma stops people recognising when their mental health is deteriorating Stigma stops people recognising when their friends / family are suffering Stigma stops people accepting they have a Mental Health issue Stigma stops people telling their friends they are struggling StigmaContinue reading “Why is challenging stigma the most important part of what I do?”

Lets talk about resilience

To some people resilience seems to be a dirty word. I get it, and I don’t get it. What is resilience? To me – it’s like an immune system for the mind. We all have an immune system that helps us fight off illness, disease, infection. When we get ill it is our immune systemContinue reading “Lets talk about resilience”

Mental Health and Violence

Today again the headlines are full of mourning for the victims of another school shooting in the USA. Questions are being asked about how to stop such horrors. From across the ocean in the UK, where guns are strictly regulated and not widely available – the US obsession with firearms despite the terrible price, isContinue reading “Mental Health and Violence”

MHFA Higher Education

Going to university can be a wonderful time. Exciting, life changing, memorable. But it can also be a difficult time. A perfect storm of factors colliding, and it doesn’t always go smoothly: Leaving home – family & friends – your support network up to this point Having to make new friends – maybe struggling toContinue reading “MHFA Higher Education”