Category Archives: Mental health

On post-Christmas blues and the possibilities for a Happy New Year

  Oh dear – it is our first New Year’s Eve in France and I feel all wrong. Isn’t Christmas peculiar? I commented on a friend’s Facebook post yesterday, one in which they asked how many others were feeling like … Continue reading

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The importance of woodland in a worrying world…

They said there’ll be snow at Christmas They said there’ll be peace on Earth But instead it just kept on raining A veil of tears for the Virgin Birth (Greg Lake ‘I believe in Father Christmas’) It is raining again, … Continue reading

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Black dogs and Lost Generations – Andy Farr, artist.

I examine the work of artist Andy Farr, who works with young people to highlight the relevance of the Great War t our lives today. Continue reading

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On death, dying and being afraid of life…

Some thoughts on death and dying, and why perhaps I am more afraid of life… Continue reading

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Passchendaele and the management of shell shock

It is 100 years since the notorious battle of Passchendaele. We now know much more about the trauma experienced by thousands of troops during the Great War and we recognise that, even into the 21st-century, service personnel can be affected … Continue reading

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“The door we never opened”- how poetry heals past and present for a better future. by Vivienne Tuffnell

Today on Nowriggling I am thrilled to have a guest post by Vivienne Tuffnell. Viv has written for me before, not least as part of Dandelions & Bad Hair Days (I have to thank her for that title) and more … Continue reading

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‘Delicious drowsiness’ – John Keats on the importance of sleep…

To Sleep by Keats and its relevance to those of us having trouble sleeping in the 21st century Continue reading

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