Category: “Mental Health

Public want more variety and less monoprism than media gives them – a despatch from Fowey

Posted on 18 May 2011 | 1:05pm

To remind you of another Rule One of communications – never confuse media opinion with public opinion. And Rule 1a – always expect better, more interesting and more varied questions from the public. If ever I do a media interview these days there will usually come a point where the journalist shifts in his chair, […]

Strangeways documentary should strengthen not weaken Ken Clarke’s new approach on prisons

Posted on 17 May 2011 | 10:05am

Reshuffle stories are a bit of a nightmare to deal with. The press write whatever they want, the broadcasters blather away about it, the ministers get a bit jumpy, the ones being tipped for promotion get jumpy in a different sort of way, and all the Downing Street media operation can do is say nothing. […]

Bipolar affects a lot of so-called ‘ordinary people’ not just celebs

Posted on 15 April 2011 | 6:04am

The Guardian asked me for a piece yesterday on the news that Catherine Zeta-Jones was being treated for bipolar disorder. Here is the piece I wrote for them. In an ideal world, it would not take a film star to get the media focused on mental illness. But we don’t live in an ideal world, […]

Busy week for Dave, taking his cab to immigration via street parties, Oxford and the NHS

Posted on 14 April 2011 | 8:04am

There has been a touch of the ‘I had that David Cameron in the back of my cab’ to the Prime Minister this week. Street parties for the Royal Wedding … all them Labour councils (allegedly) stopping people having fun, elf’n’safety blahdiblah … then he takes on the issue of the lack of black students […]

For my next trick …

Posted on 12 April 2011 | 4:04pm

First of all, thanks for all the responses to yesterday’s blog asking for examples of frontline cuts to mental health services. Thanks also to Mark Brown, editor of One in Four, for sending me a brilliant description of why ‘the frontline’ is different in mental health services from other aspects of NHS care. He and […]

Help write my speech for the RCN conference with egs of frontline cuts to mental health services

Posted on 11 April 2011 | 2:04pm

Another fabulous day weather wise, spent so far sorting out a contract on an overseas speaking engagement; doing an interview with Andy Gray and Richard Keys on their new Talksport show; recording the voice over for a little film on Ian Botham’s charity exploits at Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research; going for a painfully slow run […]

May have to review hero-worship of Geoff Boycott in light of his Mike Yardy comments

Posted on 24 March 2011 | 6:03pm

Geoff Boycott was one of my childhood heroes. Growing up as a sports nut in Yorkshire, I loved his technique, his attitude, his cussedness, and the focus he brought to Yorkshire County Cricket Club, whose players back then all came from the county. So taken was I with his brilliance that I started a Geoff […]

More power to Clegg on mental health agenda

Posted on 2 February 2011 | 9:02am

I have given Nick Clegg a mild (very mild) kicking in the Spectator diary this week, so may I say a few words of praise and thanks to the embattled deputy PM. If it is true that the government, at Clegg’s insistence, is intending to repeal section 141 of the Mental Health Act as part […]

Davos should send fact-finding mission to Nottingham to end women drought

Posted on 13 January 2011 | 9:01am

I’ve only been to Davos once, with the then PM TB, and can’t say I enjoyed it much. All a bit ‘look how important I am, I’m at Davos,’ and all a bit gigantic cocktail party full of people looking over shoulders to see if anyone more important is looming in the middle distance. Even […]

Good to see Times and Guardian going big on mental health

Posted on 11 January 2011 | 8:01am

Tomorrow I am speaking at a dinner at Nottingham University to raise funds for Mental Health Research UK. Now you’ve heard of Cancer Research. You’ve heard of Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research, and if you are very wealthy you still have time to be one of the 50 donors giving £50k to celebrate the charity’s 50th […]