Mental Health

As I now have a number of posts that relate to mental health issues on my blog, I thought I should set up a page that will link you straight through to each of them.

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.


Inside Banstead Hospital, Carson. From the Henry Boxer Gallery

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

December 2011 On the darker side of the sparkle – depression at Christmas

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

Main blog – On my return from the Lake District – putting my poem out there.

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

A big ‘thank you’ as ‘An Unsound Mind’ hits the news stands

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

Blue Peter, a dead poet and the struggles of the creative mind…

An Unsound Mind’ – bringing a family history into the open

After pushing the publish button

Mental health, motherhood and finding the real me


Martin Lewis, money saving guru from (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

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.

Useful links





Time to Change

For great information on Postnatal depression at netmums

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