Things have been a bit quiet on my blog for the last six months. A lot has happened, mainly positive, and with some challenges. The main change has been a house move. We still live in Derby but the house we were in had to be sold because of being owned by my partner and […]

My mental wellbeing: a visual reminder

  Tomorrow I facilitate a workshop in which women with perinatal mental distress will be asked to explore their health journeys visually. This caused me to remember a similar collage that I created at the request of a wonderfully supportive nurse to represent my own health and well-being needs and challenges. it is an honour […]

Getting ready to discuss digital devices

Dementia is an area of mental health that I have not had so much awareness of, and so the chance to co-facilitate a group specifically designing for the memory problems associated with dementia was a really positive opportunity. The brief for the MinD project worked across several areas that I have professional interest and experience […]

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 […]