Category Archives: Mental health

On mental health – again

Summary On finding out that you’re not alone, and a big moan about politics too We’re losing too many good people because of our society’s failure to help people facing mental health challenges. There seems to be a pattern here … Continue reading

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Roots

Summary Looking deeper into the findings by Relate that one in ten of us do not have a close friend The headline in The Guardian is here. The full report by Relate is here. (Note it’s good practice when blogging in … Continue reading

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Euphoria

Summary Pondering on an emotion that I fear I’ll never feel in the way that I wish I could. You’d struggle to find a scene of such chaotic euphoria and its opposite at a 21st century major football tournament – … Continue reading

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Peace makes Parker’s Piece

Summary Facing the crowds in their hundreds at an open air performance. Glasto next? Have a listen to ‘Reality Checkpoint’ here – it’s our song about the history of Parker’s Piece. It was commissioned for Cycle of Songs, led by Helen … Continue reading

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Confrontation in an age of anxiety

Summary  Because standing for election can be a frightening undertaking This post follows on from one I wrote almost two-and-a-half years ago – Cowardice vs courage. Re-reading it now, it seems to be standing the test of time. In particular … Continue reading

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Puffles’ turn to be cross-examined

Summary What it’s like to be on a Question-Time-style panel in front of an audience of mainly students from Kings College, Cambridge Me and Puffles went to the event detailed here as part of the panel of candidates standing for election. … Continue reading

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My panic diaries – for Liz Fraser

Summary Shared experiences of all things anxiety and panic with local author and broadcaster Liz Fraser Those of you that keep watch on TV debates about bringing up children, or who watch morning telly may have come across Liz Fraser … Continue reading

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Is Puffles distracting Cambridge Labour from the re-emergence of Cambridge Green Party

Some thoughts following watching Rupert Read and Cambridge Green Party in action outside Cambridge Guildhall Me and Puffles had our first street stall ever. And it scared the living daylights out of me. (Puffles was calm as ever). I chose … Continue reading

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A manifesto for Cambridge – my first draft.

Summary My ideas on (electronic) paper Well, this is quite a big deal for me – not least because it’s over 6,000 words of ideas. As a result, I have created a separate section on this blog’s title bar to … Continue reading

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On the importance of ‘safe spaces’ for those of us with mental health challenges

Summary Visiting the Lifeworks occupation protest in Cambridge – care in the community ‘Care in the community’ got a bit of a bad name in the media during the 1990s after a series of high-profile murders combined with inflammatory headlines. … Continue reading

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