Category: “Mental Health

On the descent into alcoholism. A guest blog from Diane Goslar

Posted on 12 May 2012 | 7:05am

I was at the European Parliament in Brussels earlier this week, taking part in a seminar hosted by Labour MEP Glenis Wilmott on the need for both the EU and member states to face up to the need for better strategies to deal with alcohol abuse, a huge problem across Europe. As well as me […]

Guest blog suggesting all is not well in NHS treatment of Boozeland

Posted on 30 April 2012 | 8:04am

Regular visitors know how much I will stand up for the NHS, which does a great job for so many people, and whose basic values and principles are currently under attack from the top-down re-organisation that David Cameron said would never happen. They know too that I have an ongoing interest in the issue of […]

Thanks to Ernst and Young for supporting Time to Change

Posted on 29 March 2012 | 6:03am

Here is a blog that will be appearing shortly on the Time to Change website, which I have written about the latest big company to get on board the campaign to end the stigma and taboo surrounding mental illness. I recently attended the offices of one of the world’s biggest accountancy firms, Ernst & Young, […]

Welcome to Black Dog Tribe, a welcome addition to the mental health campaign field

Posted on 2 March 2012 | 9:03am

Short and sweet today. Just to say welcome to Black Dog Tribe, a new website started by Ruby Wax, one of my fellow Time to Change Ambassadors. Ruby asked me to answer a few readers’ questions, which you can see here Good luck to Ruby, the Black Dog Tribe and all who have, or live […]

The component parts of the Sunday Express mental health campaign launch

Posted on 26 February 2012 | 11:02am

Here are the component parts of the Sunday Express mental health campaign I mentioned yesterday. The paper’s draft charter on the issue here, Nick Clegg’s backing for the campaign here, editor Martin Townsend’s piece on why the paper is launching the campaign here, and finally a piece mentioning some of the campaign supporters, myself included, […]

Forget the Sun on Sunday ballyhoo/arrogance … get The Sunday Express tomorrow

Posted on 25 February 2012 | 9:02am

Forget the overblown, well-funded hype surrounding the Sun on Sunday, and the arrogance of Murdoch and Co sticking up two fingers to a judicial inquiry and police investigations into his papers … if there is one paper you should get tomorrow it is the Sunday Express. No, they’re not plugging any of my books or […]

A great piece from an Aussie sports commentator and mental health advocate Glenn Mitchell

Posted on 9 February 2012 | 9:02am

Unless I have bumped into him at a Test Match, I don’t recall meeting Australian sports commentator Glenn Mitchell. But I couldn’t resist posting this piece he wrote, which was sent to me on twitter via Green Party press officer Scott Redding. Glenn’s piece makes clear they are fighting the same battles as we are, […]

Britain needs a few MPs like Canada’s Bob Rae to help break down stigma and taboo of mental illness

Posted on 2 February 2012 | 11:02am

I am on the sofa with Michael Portillo tonight (if you get my drift) listening to the wit and wisdom of Andrew Neil, presenter of the BBC1 This Week show. We will doubtless be chatting banks and bankers, Dave and Ed, and all the stuff you’d expect of a political programme looking at some of […]

On diaries, ebooks, kindles, twitter, life, death, my friend Philip, Steve Jobs’ legacy and meeting Ralph Fiennes)

Posted on 25 January 2012 | 6:01am

I am trying my best to get used to this ebook thing, having ‘a book out’ but with nothing to give to friends, nothing to sign for people who ‘buy’ it, no physical product to point to as you talk about it. So last night, when I was talking about diaries with fellow diarist and […]

Weird agreements break out on The Big Questions, and with Joey Barton

Posted on 22 January 2012 | 12:01pm

Despite feeling like death warmed up on waking – am on antibiotics for a chest infection and anti-depressants for Le Chien Noir – I enjoyed the BBC Big Questions debate. I know Nicky – no relation – Campbell inspires mixed views, but I think he holds the ring in live, and lively debates, really well. […]