I do like a good gif. The other day, I came across this beauty, which so perfectly explains something I find incredibly hard to put into words: anxiety. The constant struggle of the man to stay out of that hole is exactly what I’ve been feeling for the last few weeks. And my God it’s hard work. Just imagine spending all day, everyday fighting against … Continue reading The Hole
How can kids like I was recover from the impact of bullying on their mental health if we don’t provide the right support? Continue reading Bouncing back?
I’m walking across the school yard outside the science labs when this kid comes right up to my face. He has one hand in his bag. I must have looked like I was about to pass out with fear, because that’s how I felt. “I’ll be watching you this weekend. I know where you live. If you go out of your front door, I’ll be waiting for you with my gun, and I’ll shoot you. I’ll kill you. Got it?” I believed him. Continue reading ‘If you leave your house, I’ll shoot you. I’ll kill you.’ #bullying
Better, worse or just different? Group therapy isn’t always available in the UK, but it was recommended as something that might help me, so I went along. Continue reading Group therapy.
One of the most important TV series ever produced; tackling issues head-on and, hopefully, saving lives. Continue reading 13 Reasons Why: a massive strike against the stigma of suidice and mental ill health.
Anne is a Lesbian. She’s in her 60’s, and it was a privilege to talk with her recently about her experiences; both growing older in the LGBT community and some of the things she and other gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans people had to live through in decades past. The piece that I, and my colleagues, recorded with Anne will be broadcast on Gaydio tonight; … Continue reading Being Old and LGBT; with Gaydio.
For years, I’ve struggled with self-esteem; but simply choosing to record my own small achievements – and overcoming the strange British aversion to being ‘big-headed’ – has helped me begin to believe in myself. Continue reading Accentuate the Positives; recording the good times.
Music can also be a great way of lifting me out of those occasional dips. Something upbeat, and feel-good, can be just what I need as a backing track for my mind to distract me from a place where I don’t want to dwell for too long. Continue reading Using music for mental health, and the evidence to prove it.
This is a photo taken on my old smartphone, a Lumia 735, so it’s not the quality of other shots I post to the Weekly Photo pages. It’s here, though, because it tells a story. Back in October 2015, when this was taken, I was still very much struggling with depression and anxiety. The, for most people simple, act of leaving the house was difficult. … Continue reading No Such Thing As… An Ugly Sunset | Weekly Photo, 8th March 2017
Allowing parents to opt-out and not making LGBT-inclusive lessons compulsory in all schools is dangerous; and can lead vulnerable children, like me, to depression, isolation, self-harm or worse. Continue reading The Government’s announcement this week on Sex and Relationship Education does not go nearly far enough.