Category Archives: mental health

A Tale of Two Libraries

“There is no love without loss.” When I walked into the British Library, or, later that same day, the Poetry Library, I wasn’t thinking of my sister, who’s a medical librarian. I wasn’t even thinking of my late mother, who … Continue reading

Posted in Books, grief, mental health, Poetry, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Lurgy, the Protestant Work Ethic, & Me

Warnings for: self pity, hacking cough, the smell of onions, strong likelihood of swearing. I spotted the happy looking little chap with the bow tie, and arresting blue eyes, over the weekend, at a writing day with some writerly friends. … Continue reading

Posted in mental health, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

The Art & Practice of Being Normal

“Hide, hide, the cow’s outside!” “I ain’t afraid of no cow.” – final lines to a child’s joke, circa 1960s I’m paid to be normal: compassionate, encouraging, yet normal. Because I work in mental health, and it doesn’t do for … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Bipolar, mental health, Nostalgia | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Books v Kebab Boxes

I was quite glad I hoovered the carpet, the day before we had three paramedics in our bedroom. They weren’t there for any kind of hi-jinks: my idea of a good time doesn’t involve having three ECGs in the course … Continue reading

Posted in Bipolar, Book It!, Books, mental health, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Struggling Up That Hill: Anger, Bipolar, & Me

Warnings for: the usual really – whinging, swearing, self pity “If I only could / I’d make a deal with God …” – Kate Bush Today’s song is, of course, this one. Lately, I’ve been absent from this blog, due … Continue reading

Posted in Bipolar, mental health, Nature, Running | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment