We’re being told to ‘reach out’, but what does this mean, and how do we do it?

We’re being told to ‘reach out’, but what does this mean, and how do we do it?

When you live with mental illness you're often told to 'reach out' for support. But how do you actually do this?  I'm a mental health writer and advocate, and often find myself telling people to 'reach out' when they're struggling. I stress how honesty and openness is important, that you can't move forward without sharing [...]

No, that person you disagree with isn’t delusional

No, that person you disagree with isn’t delusional

As someone that experiences actual delusional thinking, it's difficult to hear people using the word to describe someone they disagree with. By using this term all you're doing is insinuating our symptoms are synonymous with badness.  I live with Bipolar disorder, with psychotic symptoms. When I have an episode of bipolar mania, I might become delusional. [...]

How to help someone before and during a manic episode

How to help someone before and during a manic episode

Make a Plan. Before an episode of mania starts, make a plan together. First off, they'll be more receptive to your ideas. They'll be more in control and be able to look objectively at previous episodes of mania. Decide together what will help them, and what support and help they want when they are seriously [...]

Ideas To Help Someone With Psychosis

Ideas To Help Someone With Psychosis

I've listed on the blog before about what not to say to someone with psychosis, and although that's important, I realised I didn't go into much detail about what helps. As I've mentioned before, psychosis covers experiences from hearing, seeing, or feeling things that aren't really there, and delusions. Delusional thinking causes us to believe [...]

I’m Writing A Book!

I’m Writing A Book!

  Yep, the secret is out! I've been offered a publishing contract with Jessica Kingsley Publishers to write a book about bipolar disorder. The book is going to be a practical guide to bipolar disorder. I'll offer tips and advice on how to navigate daily life and how to manage symptoms. All of this will [...]

The ‘Mental Health Conversation’ Is Not Boring – And Still Relevant

The ‘Mental Health Conversation’ Is Not Boring – And Still Relevant

I've seen a shift recently in how people view advocacy and raising awareness around mental health and mental illness. To some it's now 'boring' or no longer necessary or needed. I think they're wrong. It should be obvious to anyone in the UK that mental health services are underfunded. Waiting times are atrociously long and [...]