Life. It’s a pretty weird thing, right? I’m 30 now and can no longer pretend that I am not an adult. In some ways I feel like I’m in a better place now than I have been for a long time. Firstly, I continue to be married to someone who loves me and accepts me … More Just because I’m happy doesn’t mean I’m not hurting.
It is now exactly a week until the London Marathon (why not sponsor me now?!) Nothing I have read about training for a long run suggests moving your mum into a nursing home the week before a marathon is a valid training technique. However, this is exactly what I have been doing for the last … More Distracting practicalities
A few weeks ago I asked Facebook friends to let me know who they knew in America. As you might know my plan is to essentially do a speaking tour on bicycle – visiting community groups to talk about my journey, both physical and mental. Whilst I’m hoping my talk will be engaging and I’ll … More Discovering America
Happy April everyone! Here is another powerful anonymous mental health blog – a call to action for us all to keep fighting the blackness. The Blackness It started when he died. The all-consuming black feeling came over me, like I sucked in blackness with the news. Grief they called it, and for several years it … More Headspace #18
Hi folks This week’s blog is a must read – one I’ve kept in reserve for Eating Disorder Awareness Week which begins today. One from one of the bravest and most lovely people I’ve had the good fortune to come across. One which proves that early intervention and really listening to someone with a mental … More Headspace #17
Hello friends! It’s been a huge break since I last posted an anonymous Mental Health blog but I’m going to kick off again now – possibly fortnightly. We’ve had some excellent blogs so far – why not have a look at them? I’m also looking for more blogs to share over the coming months – … More Headspace #16
Happy New Year! Right, OK, I know its February but I had some time off from blogging in January – sorrynotsorry. Today is special. Today I start a new proper full time job at the University of Leeds as a Student Support Officer. Today I am wearing new socks that my mum gave me for … More New socks
HAPPY NEW YEAR! 2017 is over (finally) and it’s a brand new year. I’m not a big one for resolutions and changing everything (if you ignore 2k14 and The Pound in Your Pocket) but after the year I’ve had (Who’s got an impressive ginger beard and just quit his job? This guy.) me and my wife have been … More 2018 Resolutions
I want to share a little present with you all. I’m afraid I haven’t wrapped it, but I don’t think it matters. I want to thank you. And those aren’t just two words on a page to be forgotton. This year didn’t quite go according to plan. You all know the story. I had some truly … More Merry Christmas, part two: you all rock!
2017 was not a kind year. It started with hope and opportunity, but slowly my whole world turned around. One of my coping strategies was to write – to share my story with anyone who would listen. On one of the worst days I wrote “I just – I know who I am, and right … More Merry Christmas, part one: who am I?