I have now established a monthly ‘Guest Post’ on all aspects of mental health. If you feel able to share your experiences and would like to contribute a post, I would love to hear from you. Just go to the contact page on this site for a variety of ways to get in touch.
August 25th 2012 – on my main blog - Sarah’s Story – Family history from the darkest places On my Great Grandfather’s wife Sarah Hardiman and living for more than 50 years in a Victorian Mental Hospital..
June 27th 2012 – on my main blog - Dandelions and Bad Hair Days – the ‘clock’ counts down as the website is launched An exciting day as the website for the book is launched. Take a look to find out more about some of the inspiring contributors, read short excerpts and keep up to date with all the news.
June 2nd 2012 – on my main blog – Do I have to change my personality to market my book? As the publication date for Dandelions and Bad Hair Days, my mental health anthology approaches, how do I deal with the challenges of marketing whith all the anxieties that brings?
May 21st 2012 – on my main blog - Doing Good? – Mental Health Awareness Week 2012 I challenge you to deny mental health issues in this post to mark the start of Mental Health Awareness Week.
April 26th 2012 – on my main blog Dandelions and Bad Hair Days – how mental health & motherhood woke up the writer in me In which I describe the story behind my book, to be published later this year. I reveal the artwork for the book cover and discuss how ‘mummyblogging’ can wake up the writer in you.
Guest post April 2012 - S.I.S.N.M – the wonderful Nic Elgey on why you need suffer in silence no more…
March 27th 2012 – On my main blog An interview with Guardian journalist Mark Rice-Oxley on the publication of his memoir of depression ‘Underneath the Lemon Tree’.
Guest post March 2012 One year on: a new life – Mark’s story
Guest post February 2012 Autophobia or How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love my Ego - Deb’s story
Guest post November 2011 Learning to love the rain again – Nettie’s Story
Guest post September 2011 Go Wild, Stay Well, Run hard – Dave’s story
Guest post August 2011 Competing for belief: Seances, Spiritualism & The Church between the wars by Ian Stevenson
Guest post July 2011 Social Media and the Blues by Jane Alexander
Guest post June 2011 How do we heal ‘mental illness‘ by Psychotherapist Anna Colgan
Guest post May 2011 Dandelions and bad hair days by Vivienne Tuffnell
Guest post April 2011 How does depression look to you? -Emma’s story
Guest post March 2011 A footballer’s despair: why we must stop singing ‘Boys Don’t Cry’ by Tim Atkinson
A poem expressing the affect of landscape on emotions. All opinion gratefully received….
Guest post Feb 2011 The reason ‘why?’ : - Rin’s story
Guest post Jan 2011 Chris’s story – Depression feels like vinegar but ‘I’m Fine’
Guest post Dec 2010 Depression isn’t the end of the world, it just feels like it… Stef’s story
Guest post Nov 2010On sense, sensibility and living with an anxious family – Jo’s story
Guest post Oct 2010 ‘Moments of Truth’ in mental health – Lucy’s story
Martin Lewis, money saving guru from www.moneysavingexpert.com (and a regular on TV and radio) has published a great new booklet entitled ‘Mental Health & Debt’ to offer financial advice to individuals experiencing mental health issues and those that live with or care for them.
Martin has done a lot of research on the issue and the booklet was written with the help of several leading charities, including Mind, Rethink and Christians Against Poverty.
The guide offers tips to cut your debt and real-life case studies from members of the forum at MoneySavingExpert.com.
It is downloadable as a PDF as the ‘Guide to Mental Health & Debt’.
I have had a look at it and I would say that it is clearly laid out, full of really useful tips for identifying debt problems and dealing with them effectively. The real-life stories will offer support to anyone in a similar situation and there are numerous links and useful phone numbers. It’s free, so take a look and perhaps take control. Mental ill health is hard enough to deal with and financial worries only make it worse.
For great information on Postnatal depression at netmums