My retreat was a deeply moving and intense experience. Mindfulness and meditation have taken a special place in my life in the last three years. I first encountered them via Compassion Focussed Therapy, a therapeutic practice that was originally developed in Derby by Dr Paul Gilbert. I have meditated pretty regularly for the last two […]

Living life through the cracks

Cracks are funny things to talk about when you are autistic and have mental health problems. People¬†who are mentally ill are referred to as crackpots, or just cracked. As individuals and increasingly as a society we talk about the cracks that people fall into as we become more complex individuals and block contracts become less […]

NHS Health Innovation Expo 2017

Lovely day last week at the NHS innovation Expo, where NHS England asked me to speak about my lived experience with personal health budgets in relation to treating my sensory processing disorder. I was one of two speakers in the session that I participated in, the second being an amazing lady called Michelle who manages […]

A few gems from the mouths of babes this month: Logie: logo, as in the things cars have on their fronts Squeakquins: sequins, obvs. Moddled up: Muddled up Fighty: how you feel just before you punch your friends, but not so serious that you don’t want to be their friend any more. Quote of the […]

One of my friends is a very special person, who is beautiful, kind and hides her ability, talent and light away at times. I read something when I went on retreat that made me think of her, straight away and although these aren’t my words, they say exactly what I want to better than I […]

A great friend of mine (and amazing artist to boot) is a chap called Guy Evans. We met through life classes he ran in Derby several years ago, which I attended first as a pupil and then as a life model. I built Guy’s website for him whilst on a stay in the Crisis House […]

Reproductive rights: what do they mean for disabled women?

I’ve just received a great write up on the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists event that I attended at the end of June. My comments in the group discussion were noted in it, and the discussion it prompted was captured far better than I was able to myself. “Another attendee of the conference spoke […]