Category: “Mental Health

Cameron, Clegg and Miliband should listen to police and doctors re costs of booze

Posted on 15 September 2013 | 4:09pm

I was going to spend part of today’s sickbed sojourn writing a blog about the Lib Dem conference, but Chief Constable Adrian Lee’s remarks that Britain needs to take a long hard look at its drinking culture, not least because fifty per cent of violent crime is now booze-fuelled, and ACPO’s clear effort to get […]

More rebuttal on book interview headlines – and reminder to Labour re ‘mess we inherited’ rebuttal on economy

Posted on 9 September 2013 | 7:09am

Another day, another perfectly fair, accurately quoted interview, this time in the Daily Telegraph, with Celia Walden. There are various reasons why I said ‘yes’ when she asked to do the piece. First, because I always liked her and I always liked her Dad, former Tory MP George Walden. Second, and most importantly because after […]

Have we got the balance right between the ‘war on drugs’ and dealing with alcohol abuse?

Posted on 4 September 2013 | 8:09am

I am about to do some interviews about my new novel, My Name Is …, out next week, which tells the story of a young girl’s descent into alcoholism. It is a novel, a story, but I hope one that makes people think a little about their and the country’s relationship with alcohol. Now making […]

Women and alcohol – when ‘normal’ drinking slips into problem territory

Posted on 22 August 2013 | 6:08am

A while back I posted a guest blog by the founders of Soberistas.com an online group set up to help women worried about their drinking. Now Lucy Rocca, one of the Soberistas, has co- written a book with Sarah Turner, The Sober Revolution, – Women Calling Time On Wine O’Clock, and the response suggests there […]

Guest blog from a suicide survivor who says we should talk about it more

Posted on 5 July 2013 | 6:07am

I am still getting responses on social media to the tweet I did when Stephen Fry talked about a suicide attempt, and I asked those who were asking what he had to be depressed about whether they would pose the same question to someone with cancer, diabetes or asthma. The latest was from suicide survivor […]

New social website for those suffering mental disorder

Posted on 26 June 2013 | 1:06am

Greetings from Australia, where anyone following my tweets, pix and links to interviews will know I am, as ever when here, loving the place. I keep having little nagging thoughts that I should write a blog – about my meeting with the PM, about the kamikaze politics of the ruling Labor Party’s leadership struggles, about […]

Response to Stephen Fry suicide interview shows attitudes are slowly changing

Posted on 10 June 2013 | 9:06am

Apparently I have done 19,880 tweets in the few years since I joined the twitter revolution. That seems a lot to me. But I can say without any doubt at all that the one which has had the biggest response, by a long long way, was the one I tweeted on Thursday about Stephen Fry’s […]

On Stephen Fry: nobody chooses depression, so let’s not blame for it

Posted on 6 June 2013 | 7:06pm

ITV News asked me to write a blog on depression following Stephen Fry’s latest admission of his latest suicide attempt. Here it is… Stephen Fry hit the nail on the head when he said that people are liable to think ‘why would someone like him be so depressed that he would want to kill himself?’ […]

Breaking down the taboo surrounding death

Posted on 13 May 2013 | 8:05am

A nice cheery start to the week. Not just any old week, but Dying Matters Awareness Week. Did you not know? It kicks off tonight with the Inaugural Dying Matters Lecture in London, delivered by Professor David Cunningham, and followed by a panel discussion chaired by me, with publisher Gail Rebuck and her daughter Georgia […]

Two days to Red Nose Day – time to resist compassion fatigue and keep helping those in dire need

Posted on 13 March 2013 | 10:03am

In 25 years, Comic Relief and its famous Red Nose have helped to raise more than £600million, money which has been used to help millions of people both in the UK and Africa. On a trip to Ghana earlier this year I met some of the most recent beneficiaries, as the country struggles to address […]