Category: “Mental Health

India Knight so wrong to say ‘no stigma to depression’ and ‘everybody gets depressed’ – Time to Change

Posted on 9 October 2012 | 7:10am

Sunday Times columnist India Knight and the charity MIND got into a good old ding dong yesterday after she wrote a column (which I have posted below) on the slew of celebrity memoirs revealing the author to have had depression. As the row kicked off, she and her supporters sought to justify her piece by […]

Looks like the Boris phenomenon may be driven more by media than real people

Posted on 27 September 2012 | 9:09am

Just as the media were looking for any signs of Vince Cable moving against Nick Clegg this week, so when we come to the Tory conference, there will be an even greater focus on Boris Johnson’s positioning vis a vis David Cameron. Boris, and the possibility of him being the next Tory leader and PM, […]

‘Mumsnet for worried drinkers’ – Guest blog from two women setting up new website aimed at middle-class women

Posted on 20 September 2012 | 7:09am

A woman named Lucy Rocca recently sent me the following email. ‘I first became aware of your personal interest in alcohol issues in the UK, after watching your excellent Panorama programme about the middle classes’ growing binge drinking crisis, back in February. My business partner and I have both had personal struggles with alcohol but […]

Today’s mental health debate in Parliament really matters; and a footnote on continuing reshuffle cockupery

Posted on 14 September 2012 | 9:09am

Out early-ish today to do breakfast telly (sandwiched between discussions on Kate Middleton’s breasts and Cheryl Cole’s hair) on the Mental Health Discrimination Bill which is getting its second reading in the Commons right now. One or two people even more Labour tribal than I am got a bit antsy at my expressing support and […]

Excitement mounting amid countdown to seminal life-changing cultural event

Posted on 27 August 2012 | 12:08pm

The excitement (mine) is mounting … Not quite to the peak of the day I trotted out in front of 72000 people at Old Trafford with Diego Maradona (I never talk about it as regulars know) and three other World Cup winners as team-mates … Nor even an excitement to match election days 1997, 2001 […]

Bruce Springsteen on depression and the economy – a guest blog from Elvis

Posted on 26 July 2012 | 7:07am

I have introduced you before to my friend Mark Wright, a Labour activist and Elvis impersonator. He does however have an even bigger musical passion than The King, namely The Boss, and alerted me to an interview Bruce Springsteen has given to The New Yorker, in which he talks about his father’s mental health problems […]

Great time on The Wright Stuff, and why I am renaming my diaries Fifty Shades of Power

Posted on 26 June 2012 | 11:06am

I must admit to being a bit grouchy with Random House publicity for getting me up for another early start in order to spend much of the morning as a panellist on Channel 5’s The Wright Stuff. I am not a daytime telly kind of person … Yet I really enjoyed it, not least because […]

Four MPs will make a lot of difference to Time to Change campaign on mental health

Posted on 15 June 2012 | 5:06am

As promised, here is the piece I did last night for The Independent on the two MPs who spoke in the Commons about their mental health problems, who were later followed by Sarah Wollaston and Andrew Leadsom. I know many people with mental health problems who say they can deal with their symptoms, but what […]

Thanks from Time to Change to Charles Walker and Kevan Jones

Posted on 14 June 2012 | 3:06pm

Just back from Dublin, just home for a quick change before heading out to chair a debate on class in politics, inspired by the West End play based on David Cameron and Co’s Bullingdon Club, POSH. But before I go a quick word of thanks for Tory MP Charles Walker and Labour MP Kevan Jones […]

Murdoch’s problems may be bigger than we thought

Posted on 24 May 2012 | 6:05am

I spoke at two very different events yesterday, and got some interesting insights into two subjects I think about a fair bit, Rupert Murdoch’s influence, and (unrelated), mental health. The first event was a conference in London of the Australian pension funds industry, and the reason I was there was to take part in a […]