Mental Health

Contemporary Art and mental health. Lizz Brady, Broken Grey Wires.

“this time I ain’t changing my mind, I’m climbing out this abyss”

Trigger Warning – Mild Sui, Moderate SH I’m sick of this but in my sickness and addiction; you’re addictive as they get, evil as they come, vindictive as they make them. My friends keep asking me why I can’t just walk away from; I’m addicted, to the pain, the stress, the drama. I’m drawn in so I guess I’m a… Read more →

Mental health friends

#MHFriends Tuesday 10th March 8-9pm

After reading a short story of a young man and his struggle with Schizophrenia, from his dad’s perspective, one aspect particularly resonated. After suffering a bout of poor mental health in my early 20s the one thing I remember, in the haze of alcohol, poor judgment, bad decisions – exacerbated by extreme highs and lows – was the change in relationships. We… Read more →

Rohan

I never believed I would …

Following the success of Emma’s blog, we asked a few other people what they never expected to have achieved in their lives so far. MM supporter, marathon runner, and pretty amazing all rounder, Rohan kindly obliged … TW: Sui   Had anyone spoken to me in January 2006 and asked me what I had achieved in my life to that point,… Read more →

“Just being there for someone can make all the difference. Don’t just say you’ll be there. Be there.”

With thanks to Manchester based writer and lifestyle blogger Charlie for this blog in support of #timetotalk day   Depression is sneaky, pernicious and pervasive. Sometimes, even those who suffer with it may not realise they’re depressed. Or realise it and society’s ignorance means it’s not recognised, not acted on and the sufferer can spiral down. My mum was probably depressed for… Read more →

‘Everyone needs hope at the darkest, coldest time of the year … that the seasons will change, that life will continue’

Christmas. It’s a word that generally conjures up two different schools of thought. There is the ‘I love it and anyone who doesn’t is a miserable Scrooge’ tribe and the ‘I hate it and want to run away to the other side of the world to escape it’ group. Obviously there are also the people who sit on the fence,… Read more →

Let’s talk about suicide

There’s been much discussion of suicide this week after Stephen Fry’s courageous decision to discuss a recent attempt on his life. It’s a terrifying subject to discuss with anyone without lived experience of suicidal thoughts. The whole concept of suicide so offends our logic that it’s far easier to dismiss it as self-indulgence or cowardice than to face up to… Read more →

Poor Journalism Kills

With thanks to Becki for this incredibly important blog on the impact of irresponsible reporting on suicide. This piece contains powerful descriptions of suicidal thoughts; if you are likely to find these triggering please consider coming back and reading this blog at a time that feels safer for you.    It’s not nice, living with suicidal thoughts; living with a brain that is… Read more →