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Heaven and Hell in a Padded Cell

On Sunday and Monday, the 25th and 26th of January, I took part in a publicity stunt for “time to change" and boarded a tram with a difference.

Sigma project - February 09

I've met with Jim and his colleagues again for another interesting chat about how to take things forward.

He gave me some information about lay visitors and I wonder if this is something more of us should get involved in? They're independent members of the local community who visit police stations unannounced to check on the welfare of people who are in police custody.

No Shame in Sheffield!

It was an amazing opportunity to be involved in the Time To Change stunt which took place on a working Sheffield tram on 25th and 26th of January. It felt controversial, we were presenting the people of Sheffield with a tram compartment redesigned as 'padded cell', a symbol which is associated with the more negative aspects of mental health, we were thrusting it upon them and almost forcing comment, and that was challenging and exciting.

A Depressive is for Life

Here's a piece of information which might make one or two recoil in shock. For the most part you couldn't spot a depressive from any other member of society; you might need to get very close to someone before it became apparent.

Mark's story

Mark writes about how he set up a magazine which tells the real story about mental health issues, with contributions coming almost entirely from people with lived experience of mental health problems.

I received my diagnosis after a disastrous attempt to study at university. I was unable to overcome the challenges I was facing and ended up making a mess of things.