As a comedian I have my dream job. Of that I am never in doubt. However, as many can imagine there are times when my job can become a nightmare. I found myself at one such night this weekend and it made me reflect on a period when I was at my most unhappy and… Continue reading When Comedy Becomes Inhospitable. (John)
Above is the letter I found in my collection bucket last year from Elle. Facebook sent me one of those reminders today that it was a year ago this event happened. Happy anniversary Elle. It's to my great regret that things are not good for Elle just now and she is battling the most debilitating… Continue reading Fix our NHS. Fix Us. (Happy Anniversary Elle.) John.
Bipolar Disorder in Children What to Do If You Think Your Child Has Bipolar Disorder https://www.verywellmind.com/symptoms-of-bipolar-disorder-in-children-378860 Above is a link to an article if you have concerns about bipolar in a child. For me as someone who fully manifested as Bipolar aged 24 this whole area is a bit of a dilemma. I do often… Continue reading Bipolar Disorder in Children. (John)
While Elle takes a break from the blog I've decided to put up some articles in relation to how government policy is impacting on mental health and society in general. I've commented on these subjects personally before. (See below) A recent landmark study has just linked Tory Austerity to 120’000 deaths. Sick Government = Sick Society. This… Continue reading DWP’s fit-to-work tests ‘cause permanent damage to mental health’, study finds
How's that for a clickbait title to a blog. Joking aside this is a genuine article in the British press today. I've put a link to it below. It may be pseudoscience or there may be something in it. As it was published in a recognised psychiatry journal I'd go for the latter. Personally speaking… Continue reading Bacon, ham and hot dogs ‘linked to manic episodes’ (John)
As I mentioned previously I used to write a blog called Dissent prior to this one. I'm just re-sharing some favourite posts. This one was about Christmas but I think the intent of it is relative at any point of the year. Christmas is nearly upon us, and all the good things that brings will… Continue reading An Out of Season Thought About Christmas (John)
I've had an acute mental health diagnosis for 24 years. Initially misdiagnosed with schizophrenia aged 24, then changed to Bipolar One around the age of 30. One element I recall, from those early encounters with chronic mental health, is that the condition and the words associated with it really messed with the core identity of… Continue reading Who We Are.
Sadly Stuart Adamson took his own life after a long battle with alcohol and depression. There’s no need for details you can read about it online. That hits me with a thump even now. (JOHN) I’m going to tip things up with this idea too – the people who should be best at this –… Continue reading Never Alone. PT2. (John)
The suicide of Anthony Bourdain this week has been much on the mind of so many people. Every time a suicide happens we seem to revisit the same feelings as if they were new - once again we wish that he might have found a way to reach out and ask for help – we… Continue reading Reaching Back In (Elle)
I love John's humour. I love listening to his show. He plays – i'd guess – to mixed audiences – some of who have experience of mental health problems and some who don't. The first time I heard his show he asked if there were any service users in the audience – I think I… Continue reading The Humour In It All (Elle)