Category Archives: Mental health

Cambridge’s street communities on complex local public services

Summary Spending an evening listening & learning with homeless & vulnerably housed people in at Wintercomfort in Cambridge I was commissioned to do a short workshop on democracy and registering to vote for the local charity for homeless people Winter … Continue reading

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Trying to prioritise in the constraints of not great mental health

Summary Wanting to do everything, but not being able to. The past few weeks have been incredibly intense from a personal perspective. Yet had I had sound mental & physical health, all of this wouldn’t have been out of the ordinary. … Continue reading

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Love with a ‘broken mind’

Summary This ‘bah humbug’ style post follows from another article by Fleetstreetfox and from half a dozen conversations I’ve had with friends around the Mill Road part of town, as well as online. Foxy’s article is here. You may also … Continue reading

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Overcoming depression and trying to just ‘get on with it’

Summary Because in my case, depression (& my long term recovery from my 2012 mental health breakdown) means I need to use up reserves of emotional energy to do even some of the most basic tasks – such as sending … Continue reading

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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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