Reflecting on life two months before I cycle across America

Three years ago I had just started my new dream job. Within months everything had gone to shit (it wasn’t anyone’s fault – I was just in the wrong place at the wrong time). As things got worse I found myself in San Francisco, preparing to quit my job and with no idea what would … More Reflecting on life two months before I cycle across America

Headspace #22

I’m delighted to be sharing another piece of creative writing with you this week. After a couple of recent posts about mental health in teaching. This week an anonymous writer, who is an English teacher, shares three poems they have written in response to how being a teacher has affected their mental health. After a … More Headspace #22

Headspace #21

This week’s anonymous mental health blog is another one that focuses on the challenges that we face after graduation. After several years of intense work and intense friendship the sudden isolation and lack of external purpose can be a bit like jumping off a treadmill at full sprint. In this case the anonymous writer spent … More Headspace #21

What could go wrong

Sometimes I have to pinch myself to remember that I have absolute privilege of kicking off the 2020’s by cycling across America. Not just because of all the amazing people I’ll meet and all the amazing places I’ll see, but because of the fact I’m still here and getting a chance to prove that I … More What could go wrong

Headspace #20

Happy Birthday to Headspace! This is the 20th anonymous mental health blog that I’m sharing – the 20th person who has decided that they want to do something to tackle the stigma that can surround Mental Health. This week’s blog is another one from a teacher talking about the stress that exists in Schools, and … More Headspace #20

Headspace #19

It’s been a long time since I last shared a Headspace blog – anonymous posts written by friends to raise awareness of mental health to get us thinking. I’ve got a few more in the pipeline but I’m starting with something a bit different. It’s great to see conversations about mental health becoming normal – … More Headspace #19

2019 in review

2019 was a pretty epic year. Tl;dr – I turned 30, Lizzie turned 30, both my parents turned 70, I ran a marathon, raised about £5000 for charity, January The year began in Scotland with a group of my closest friends relaxing and eating – probably the only New Years Eve I’ve celebrated this decade. … More 2019 in review

Crowdfunder

Earlier this year I asked Facebook whether anyone would be willing to throw in a few pounds towards my costs for the America bike ride. I was completely overwhelmed by the response (you folks are AWESOME!). I’m writing this blog to be transparent about how much money I raised and what it is used for. … More Crowdfunder

Getting older

So I’m pretty used to talking about my life and how its going. Over the past few years I’ve become quite adept at opening up and using my story to ensure that others don’t feel alone. But writing this blog – even though it is less sensitive than most of my writing about mental health … More Getting older