Category: “Mental Health

Huge thanks to the BBC3 audience of mentally ill youngsters for re-igniting my passion

Posted on 22 October 2014 | 6:10am

Oh my Lord, it is more than a month since I posted a blog, the morning after the Scottish independence referendum. That has to be the longest – yes, it definitely is the longest – I have ever gone without sticking a few thoughts down here. Lots of reasons. Been working overseas a fair bit. Also […]

May Robin Williams’ tragic end herald the start of new attitudes to depression

Posted on 12 August 2014 | 1:08pm

Though an inquest might provide some of the answers to questions people are asking today, the truth is that none of us will ever know, even if he left a note, what was going through Robin Williams’ mind in the final moments of his enriched and enriching life. No two people are the same. No two people’s depressions […]

If Lineker can speak out against booze and gambling in sport, so can politicians. And they should

Posted on 4 August 2014 | 4:08am

So he goes from the World Cup in Rio to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, and next stop the Edinburgh TV Festival for Gary Lineker. Busy man. Lineker is my latest GQ interviewee, the magazine out this week, and some of the media have picked up this morning on very strong comments he made about […]

Guest blog on the government’s shameful dumping of its alcohol strategy – from a liver specialist who lives with the fallout

Posted on 17 January 2014 | 11:01am

Nick Sheron, a liver specialist from Southampton, unwittingly provided the creative spark that led to me writing My Name Is, my novel about alcoholism, from the perspective of a young woman. When I made a BBC documentary about middle-class alcoholism, he was one of our interviewees, and he made the point that whereas once his […]

It’s my book and I’ll plug if I want to (…at least until the alcohol crisis subsides)

Posted on 3 January 2014 | 11:01am

We were up in Scotland for Christmas, internet connection suitably weak, cycling conditions wet but beautiful, mental health conditions the usual end of old year/start of new up and down, so I laid off the blogging. December 15 indeed since last I told the world, other than via an occasional tweet, what I thought about […]

My night in a ‘brothel’, and a warning for my friends at Twitter

Posted on 8 November 2013 | 9:11am

Out last night to one of the most extraordinary venues I have ever spoken at. A club in Soho which – not that I have ever knowingly been in a Paris brothel – felt like, well, a Paris brothel. It was all dark and moody, with lots of stairways and rooms of different shapes and […]

Another day, another TV programme showing the dreadful damage alcohol does to Britain

Posted on 14 October 2013 | 6:10am

Make sure you watch Channel 4 at 9pm tonight, and see how the wonderful people who work for our ambulance services are drowning in a sea of alcohol. Like Tommy Lemon, who lays to rest the myth that ‘booze Britain’ is a weekend thing, saying the effects of alcohol dominate his and his colleagues’ work […]

On women and booze, and why more and more women are getting more and more worried

Posted on 13 October 2013 | 10:10am

When I made a documentary on alcoholism for the BBC a couple of years ago, one of the first people to get in touch was Lucy Rocca who, together with a friend, had set up an online self-help group for women worried about their drinking. Www.soberistas.com is one of the growing number of groups reflecting […]

Time to Change gathering momentum – big new names signing up on World Mental Health Day

Posted on 10 October 2013 | 7:10am

Every day seems to be something or other day, but when my ‘top tweet’ is from the United Nations no less, telling me today is ‘World Mental Health Day,’ I reckon it matters more than most. As an ambassador for the Time To Change campaign, I will be joining staff and supporters of Mind and […]

Asda, Tesco, Amazon show we are still in the dark ages re mental illness stereotyping

Posted on 26 September 2013 | 8:09am

With apologies to Angela Merkel – I had intended to keep my praise of her as lead blog over the weekend – I feel I have to say something about the current furore raging about the ‘mental patient Halloween costumes’ being sold by Asda, Tesco and on Amazon. Thanks in large part to social media, […]