Category Archives: Mental health

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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This used to be my playground

Summary Burying some old demons for good. Spending an afternoon rehearsing on the grounds of my old secondary school – where since I left, over 90% of the site has been flattened and rebuilt. I don’t know about you, but … Continue reading

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2014, but who will have a place in the sun(shine)?

Summary Where will the inspiration come from? And a challenge for all of you at the end I’m starting this blogpost with a saccharine advert from the late 1980s – a time when society, like today was also very divided … Continue reading

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Overcoming society’s problem with loneliness

Summary Examining a report by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (see here), having a look at the impact of the structure of our economy, and some personal experiences too. In the middle of 2013 I blogged about loneliness in response to … Continue reading

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The NHS Citizens’ Assembly for England

Summary A brief scan on a new initiative to engage the public in scrutinising decision-making in the NHS. Tim Kelsey, one of the senior directors in the NHS hierarchy is leading on this programme (see here). He’s brought in a … Continue reading

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On nature and noise: The sound of silence

Summary Why noise isn’t just about sound. Some of you may have seen me repeat-tweeting a distant relative of Puffles that got stuck indoors at my place recently. It was a bit of a challenge trying to catch it without … Continue reading

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So we’ve raised awareness about mental health, what’s next?

Summary I’m hearing a lot of noise, but not seeing much action on healthcare delivery As I mentioned earlier this year, recovery from my mental health crisis seems a long way away. Little seems to have changed health-wise. Being trapped … Continue reading

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Feeding the five-thousand

Summary What does one do with a growing dragon fairy? In recent months, Puffles bounced over the 5,000 followers milestone. The nature of how I manage my Twitter account means that I cull spambots regularly. Thus most of the followers … Continue reading

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Only the lonely – a response to Stephen Fry

Summary Trying to unpick how we can feel alone in a crowded room This post bounces off Stephen Fry‘s blogpost Only the Lonely, as well as following on from my previous one on this subject, The curses of loneliness and … Continue reading

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