Mental Health Awareness Week 2018

Thursday 1st December, 2016, late morning. I’m in A&E, convinced something is terribly wrong with me. Everything hurts, there’s a tightness in my throat that feels solid, I feel sick when I try and eat anything more exciting than toast, and when I do eat – well, not to be crude, but it feels like… Continue reading Mental Health Awareness Week 2018

This was the year…

2017 began in a funk of rolling, raging anxiety that I honestly thought I’d never recover from, and is ending with the loss of my darling, darling grandmother. And yet despite those things, it’s been a pretty good year, on balance. 2017 was the year… …I started taking antidepressants, and they gave me my life… Continue reading This was the year…

The anniversary effect

In the first episode of season two of Stranger Things, as Will experiences some pretty disturbing episodes, we hear about the ‘anniversary effect’: “[We] see this with soldiers,” the doctor says. “The anniversary of the event brings back traumatic memories, sort of opens up the neurological floodgates, so to speak.” The Christmas lights are up in… Continue reading The anniversary effect

Sunday Stuff, 13/08/17

The Beguiled If someone asked me to describe my dream film, in theory, The Beguiled would be it. A predominantly-female cast? Check. Southern Gothic, Southern accents? Check check. An Irish rogue played by Hollywood’s go-to guy for Irish rogues, Colin Farrell? Check. Raging passions and sexual tension being violently suppressed? Check. The thing about Sofia Coppola’s work… Continue reading Sunday Stuff, 13/08/17

Awareness is not enough

If like me, you spend most of your waking hours refreshing Twitter, on the look-out for cute puppy gifs, excellent puns and headlines to get outraged about, you’ll know that this week is Mental Health Awareness Week. And I don’t want to get all Piers “Sentient Ham” Morgan on you, but I’m fresh out of… Continue reading Awareness is not enough

On “self-care”

  Loath as I am to turn this into a blog that deals purely with mental health*, there’s something that’s been nagging at me over the last few weeks and clearly, the only solution to this is to write about it. *There’s obviously nothing wrong with mental health blogs, I just never saw this blog… Continue reading On “self-care”