Category Archives: Mental health

Temps Perdu – on deja vu and Dorothy Parker

I have been experiencing some odd feelings of deja vu in the last few weeks. Trying to explain them to a friend, I struggled and frankly  sounded slightly odd. Perhaps this was because in every day terms we have come to use … Continue reading

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Dandelions and Bad Hair Days – the ‘clock’ counts down as the website is launched

Apologies for the rather dodgy pun in the title but what an exciting day! The book Dandelions and Bad Hair Days is awaiting the final touches and a foreword from the charity SANE (who have seen and read it and been so … Continue reading

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Insomnia – that 5am feeling….

I haven’t been able to sleep too well recently. In the past, bed has been a safe place I long to reach at the end of a long day; somewhere I can lie comfortably close to my husband, or turn away and … Continue reading

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Do I have to change my personality to market my book?

Dandelions and Bad Hair Days will be published in the early autumn of this year. That is great news and I am looking forward to seeing it in print and using it to raise awareness of mental health issues and … 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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Dandelions & Bad Hair Days – how mental health & motherhood woke up the writer in me

In a few months time a book will be published; an anthology of prose and poetry on the experience of mental health issues. It will have my name on the cover and I will have written some of the pieces the book includes. … Continue reading

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Lets focus on the day job….On life coaching, creativity & the local economy

There are very few writers, even those with published work on the shelf, who can say that they earn a living wage solely from that writing. A few articles, the novel-in-progress or in my case the fund-raising anthology don’t pay the mortgage. … Continue reading

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S.I.S.N.M – the wonderful Nic Elgey on why you need suffer in silence no more…

Editor’s note: Today is the first anniversary of the creation of a very special group founded by a special woman. I first became aware of Suffer in Silence No More via a friend on Facebook who knew about my guest … Continue reading

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Minding where I’m going: The road less travelled by…

I took a wonderful walk last Thursday. It started on the well-worn route behind the ‘best beds in the world’ Relyon factory just around the corner from where we live in Wellington, Somerset. The footpath is a narrow one, overhung with spindly … Continue reading

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‘Underneath the Lemon Tree’ – The Guardian’s Mark Rice-Oxley gets direct about depression….

March the 15th saw the publication of a new memoir – ‘Underneath the Lemon Tree’ by Mark Rice-Oxley, an assistant news editor on the foreign desk of The Guardian newspaper. It is an important book.  Seeming to ‘have it all’ … Continue reading

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