So how often should I blog about my mental illness?

I tried to objectively ask myself this question, but I don't think I could be honest with myself, not even in a whisper, perhaps because I am inherently biased. If I were to alter the question to—How often should I write about mental illnesses?—would the answer be different? If you're like me, blogging is a cathartic process,…

Our Life’s Purpose

World Mental Health Day 2016 My thoughts on the effectiveness of day-specific awareness days flickers like a seismograph machine needle at a time of intense activity. I simply cannot make up my mind, so let me share some thoughts to see if sharing can help. I awoke with a little bit of dread this morning. Today, in…

Bright lights, dark faces

Bright lights, dark faces, a theatrical stage or an interrogation; which response will this be, paranoia or exhilaration? Tracing my thoughts back to the steep, winding climbs of the Berriedale Braes, the heady heights of the cliffs of Caithness, the storm into the harbour at John O'Groats where even the island of Stroma was hidden in…

VIE (very important email)

There's a very important email petition going down at E4MH (equality4mentalhealth) HQ. A number of public leaders, presenters, authors, sports personalities, and educators such as Ruby Wax, Joanna Lumley, Norman Lamb, Alistair Campbell, Danny Boyle, Michael Morpurgo and Sir Steve Redgrave, amongst many more, are behind this strong message to government that we have an…

Nature’s rainbow

Since launching the desire to take on a challenge far greater than I (or my mother) ever anticipated, the concept of adventure has taken on a new persona in my mind. Fear, it seems, has taken a back seat, and has been replaced by its mischievous cousin, thrill; the one likely to take a challenge…

Great Expectations

As much as I have pilfered the title, there'll be no Dickensian quotes here, rest assured. I'm convinced I'm viewed as melodramatic enough. Starting in the middle of a tale just wouldn't be protocol so I'll backtrack a tad and summarise. I used to be a runner. Not to any degree of professionalism, I already had…