RIP Freedom of Expression

I write this piece in the aftermath of a rather sensitive event, but it’s an event that has really triggered me albeit not in the way most people have been triggered. If you live in the UK then you’ll be very aware of the quite shocking fire at Grenfell Tower on 14th June 2017 that … Continue reading RIP Freedom of Expression

We Will Remember Them (Whether You Like It or Not!)

I begin this post in the aftermath of seeing a short albeit very provocative video on Facebook about how Remembrance Day, the Poppy Appeal, and the Royal British Legion are racist and should be banned/disbanded. I was going to post something else today, but this definitely takes precedence. First of all, I’ll go into a … Continue reading We Will Remember Them (Whether You Like It or Not!)

Give Up (Poem)

If the shoe simply doesn’t fit… Try on another pair. If they don’t care about you… Tell me, why should you care? If you’re swimming against the current… Maybe you can’t resist. If it’s dragging you downstream… Perhaps you should desist. If the odds are strong against… It’s not always wise to fight. If you … Continue reading Give Up (Poem)

Bear with Me…

In my haste to get out plenty of material for Mental Health Awareness Month, I neglected to remember that I hadn’t arranged anything for when it finished. I shall be going back to biweekly posting every Tuesday and Saturday, but I have nothing to post today unfortunately. I have been doing other writing work aside … Continue reading Bear with Me…

Depressed Mitch (Flash Fiction)

Kevin perched on his usual telephone wire and surveyed all that was happening around him. It had been a routine day for him so far. He’d been to the park that morning to fight against his fellow starlings and a couple of pigeons for the food thrown by the usual human. Pigeons were tough, but … Continue reading Depressed Mitch (Flash Fiction)

Readers’ Thoughts

As promised at the start of Mental Health Awareness Month, I’ve been amassing the thoughts of readers and, although the quantity perhaps isn’t what I’d hoped it would be, the quality is superb. I have four separate statements from four very unique individuals with different stories to tell and different mental health struggles to deal … Continue reading Readers’ Thoughts

Stress–The Archenemy of Mental Wellness

We all experience stress. It’s all around us and it exists in many varying forms. It comes from within and it comes from all around us. Trying to avoid it is like trying to avoid atoms—you can’t! How we deal with that stress is the important thing. Like everything else in life, some people are … Continue reading Stress–The Archenemy of Mental Wellness

The Easy Way Out… (TW)

TRIGGER WARNING: Some readers may find the subject matter unsettling. To be honest, I feel a little nervous heading into composing this post for a variety of reasons. The thing is that it’s sort of unavoidable when discussing mental illness for the simple fact that if such ailments aren’t treated in the correct manner then … Continue reading The Easy Way Out… (TW)

You Can Help

This post is aimed mostly at those who aren’t suffering from a diagnosed mental illness. It’s more of an appeal than anything. If you don’t suffer or never have suffered from a mental illness then you may find it very hard to understand what a sufferer might be going through. You may see a problem … Continue reading You Can Help

Mindfulness–Back to the Here and Now

You’ll have to forgive the warm fondue texture of the cliché I’m about to hit you with: most of us are so busy thinking about the past or the future that we completely forget to unwrap the gift before our eyes. The gift: the present. Get it? I’ll get my coat… In recent times I’ve … Continue reading Mindfulness–Back to the Here and Now