How can you help a friend who may be contemplating suicide?

I wrote this post especially for ProHealth and it first appeared there on the 10th September 2018. There has been a lot of talk in the media recently about suicide after some high profile, seemingly happy and successful (whatever that word means) people took their own lives. Although it’s good to talk about mental health, Read the full article…

Celebrating body positivity does not equate to promoting obesity

Tess Holliday, a popular plus size model who celebrates body positivity, is on the cover of October’s UK edition of Cosmopolitan. Tess posted on Twitter; “Phew, I’m literally a COSMO Girl!” accompanied by a beautiful photo and the message; “If I saw a body like mine on this magazine when I was a young girl, Read the full article…

To be or not to be a mother?: a tough decision for someone living with mental ill-health

This is a post I wrote especially for ProHealth’s Inspirational Corner and it first appeared there on the 7th August 2018. I grew up in a very traditional family. As a young person, one of my “goals” in life was to become a mother. I was so sure about it – I even had names Read the full article…

How the government’s welfare reforms almost cost me my life

Foreword: I recently read an article about the full extent of the increased attempted suicide rates which coincided with the introduction of the government’s benefit reforms and ESA. The article stated that: “Staggering” new figures show that the proportion of people claiming the main out-of-work disability benefit who have attempted suicide doubled between 2007 and Read the full article…