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Together, let's make 2010 a watershed year for mental health

January 4, 2010

Mental health has been under the spotlight for many reasons in recent weeks and months.

The tragic death of Robert Enke in November woke people up to the harsh reality of stigma and the ultimate consequences it can have. I hope that the outpouring of grief and support will now translate into a greater understanding of mental health issues. Something that the Governor of Lower Saxony said at the memorial event in the Hanover stadium caught my eye in particular, as it echoes my beliefs:

“We don't need flawless robots. We need human beings with rough edges."

Helen's story

December 23, 2009

Local event organiser Helen Roberts explains why she wanted to take action, and how running a Get Moving event at her workplace encouraged others to open up.

On the Coast of Devon the "Dreaded 'Lurgi' Struck"

December 9, 2009

I have swine flu, AND whilst I'm more than happy to receive your messages of sympathy I'm wallowing in a vat of self pity the size of the Watford Gap which is hardly admirable, thus I hardly deserve your kind words. (grin)

Ugly Traits

November 9, 2009

They raised their heads again; those ugly traits I picked up as I grew and assumed mine as I developed, their voices crackle.