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 […]

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 […]

NHS England Personalisation Peer Leader videos

To promote the next Peer Leadership Academy several members of the spring academy gave short interviews about our experiences of development over the time we have spent together, as well as personal health budgets more generally. I spent a lot of time, intensive time, with Jon, Robyn and Andrew and the other participants and have […]

Mylo sitting in the back of the car “Mummy, can I please have some more Loch Ness?” Me driving and mystified “Loch Ness?” Mylo, “Yes, Loch Ness.” Me, “What about Loch Ness?” Mylo, getting stroppy, “Yes, LOCH NESS, you know…” Me, getting worried “Mylo, Loch Ness is a deep lake in Scotland with a monster […]

Finding Lines Opening 14/7/17

Tonight I went to the opening of Finding Lines, the last exhibition at Derby Museums and Art Gallery. It was curated by my wonderful friend Andrea Hadley-Johnson, who has been sadly absent in my life recently because of the flurry of activity in getting everything ready. The creative and wonderful results have been worth the […]

Currently reading…

Art lessons inspire health  careers – innovative discipline crossover brings medicine and anatomy to life. Doctors talk via whatsapp – tech’ runs ahead of NHS privacy and communication capabilities Patient stories increase with social and digital media – how useful are they to the NHS? A moving account of living with multiple personalities How we are […]