World Mental Health Day

October 10, 2016

I don’t care how bouncy you are when you arrive at work on a Monday morning, or how grumpy you are in the face of relentless positivity. To me, that’s not a mental health thing. That’s a personality thing. Neither am I going to rant about NHS provision. That’s not a mental health thing. That’s a finance and training thing.

But resilience is absolutely a mental health thing. I find that my own mental health has been most at risk when I have had no strategies and support to prevent the outside world dictating terms. If you are working with, living with, or think you are a person whose resilience is below par, start working now on ways to keep them/yourself healthy between the ears. And for goodness’ sake, speak to someone. Here’s a handy link to The Samaritans if you need it. If you’re not in the UK, go and pester your local health team until they tell you how to find someone similar. Because it’s a damned complex world out there and only a small amount of grey matter serves to pilot us through it. The real miracle is that so many people seem to do it effortlessly.


Now you see them, but they’re not there.

December 31, 2014

When you look at this optical illusion, you should see grey-black spots appearing at the places where white lines cross.

Let me tell you now, in case you had any doubt,┬áthat those dots aren’t really there. I know this to be true. I can’t show you what it looks like without the dots though, because your eyes will always add the dots in. Read the rest of this entry »

World Mental Health Day

October 10, 2013

It’s a day for everyone to think about Mental Health. Read the rest of this entry »