Category Archives: Time to Change

Beer Goggles, Toolboxes, & Time to Change: World Mental Health Day 2016

I spent part of this year’s World Mental Health Day (WMHD) at the student’s union at Sheffield University. Each WMHD has a theme: this year’s was psychological first aide. Unfortunately, I thought it was the “wellness toolbox” from the wellness … Continue reading

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Stigma & Spock: Sheffield Pride 2016

Warnings for: rainbows, poutine, an owl bag, & a giant chicken Each Pride I attend – yesterday was my fourth – brings something new: knowledge, locations, people, even food. To be present as the LGBT community struts its stuff is … Continue reading

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Black Cats, Stigma, & Sheffield, Again

We humans are creatures of associations. I was back in Sheffield yesterday: “back” in that I worked there for 20+ years, then had a break of two years or so. Then I was back again, for one very intense year, … Continue reading

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A Hole in the Breast is Better than Three in the Head

Warning: whinging, swearing, boobies, Smurfs. I’m writing this in the garden, though I may have to break off and go inside. Because it’s a mite chilly, & I’m nesh. Another day, another hospital appointment. But at least it’s a day … Continue reading

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Asylums & Libraries: “Unheard Voices of High Royds”

“Laziness … Mental Excitement … Novel Reading …” – Reasons for Admission 1864 – 1889 The first time I visited someone in psychiatric care, they were in Wayne County Hospital, in Westland, Michigan. Known throughout the state as “Eloise“, I … Continue reading

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