Category Archives: Charities

Tie a yellow ribbon round your own Barnaby…

First things first – apologies for the pun, but when I made the joke (paraphrasing the Tony Orlando & Dawn song circa 1973) to the nurse at our Vets she thought it was rather good. In fact we discussed how … Continue reading

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On World Mental Health Day – Dandelions, Depression & Desperate marketing

(Please note – this is not just a sales pitch for a great cause! I include some poems to add value so bear with me…..) I am proud to say that today is the first anniversary of the publication of … Continue reading

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Publishing books as fundraisers – the pros and cons on ‘Talking Books’

Last week I blew my own trumpet on Talking Books. I chose the theme ‘writing books for charity’ and, of course, Dandelions and Bad Hair Days  (now available on Kindle) comes firmly within that category, raising funds for SANE. However, lots … Continue reading

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Dandelions and Bad Hair Days: Everybody loves it so let’s go for the top 10….!

Last month Dandelions and Bad Hair Days; Untangling lives affected by depression and anxiety was published on Kindle. Available around the world to read on Kindle, PC or even iPads and smart phones, alongside the paperback version it is now available to millions … Continue reading

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Starting as I mean to go on…

Next week I am taking what is, for me anyway, a really significant step. I have to believe it is a step forward and although it is not exactly brave, it is taking all my courage to move further along a path … Continue reading

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‘Health anxiety’ or ‘hypochondria’? Fear or phobia, it’s a killer…

Perhaps my title exaggerates; perhaps it doesn’t. All I know is that whether you worry at every possible sign of illness and go to the doctors, or worry about illness and avoid the medical profession until a crisis occurs, these are … Continue reading

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Doing Good? – Mental Health Awareness Week 2012

Today marks the beginning of Mental Health Awareness Week 2012. Perhaps you are suffering from ‘Awareness Week’  fatigue? Haven’t we had Depression Awareness week already? It’s Dementia Awareness Week too – isn’t that just another sort of mental illness? Perhaps … Continue reading

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A new addiction? Or an answer to obesity? Now I really understand the appeal of cupcakes…

On Saturday I was lucky enough to be part of the Rural Living Show in Taunton, an annual event that has become a fixture in the Christmas calendar in Somerset. Styling itself a ‘craft and lifestyle show’ it is a … Continue reading

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Go Wild, Stay Well, Run Hard – Dave’s story

Editor’s note: This is the 12th in a series of monthly mental health guest posts, so it is a proper birthday! To celebrate, I was lucky to get Dave Urwin, fundraiser extraordinaire, to slow down long enough to write about … Continue reading

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Gig Review: Thunderbridge Bluegrass Boys

Blue Grass? Isn’t that a flowery perfume grannies used to wear? Well if you are a music buff no, obviously not. Bluegrass music is a little bit of country, a smattering of folk, a hint of jazz and blues with … Continue reading

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