Category: “Charity

A rare venture into poetry – and yet another outlet for my madness

Posted on 2 August 2011 | 9:08am

After yesterday’s guest blog on happiness, today I turn to the subject of madness, more specifically my own. I was approached a few months ago and asked to write a poem for a book being prepared by Bovington Middle School in Dorset, to raise money both for the school’s English deparment and for Help for […]

A welcome addition to the depression campaign library – this time from a top footballer

Posted on 25 July 2011 | 8:07am

A break from politics and the press today, and instead three of my other interests – football, mental illness and plugging books. No, not my own books, though these are available here here here here here and the latest one, Power and Responsibility, here. Oh, and you can pre-order the next one, The Burden of […]

Back from the bikeathon, inspired once more by 13-year-old Joe Smale

Posted on 26 June 2011 | 2:06pm

I’m just back from the London Bikeathon, another 52 miles in the legs, and a dose of sunburn on the neck. But, as ever, it was a terrific way to spend the morning, with 5000 other cyclists raising money for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research. Some of you may remember that a few weeks ago I […]

With Big Society and NHS reforms in trouble, Cameron keeps press on side with superinjunctions support

Posted on 23 May 2011 | 8:05am

With his Big Society still no clearer now than it was when he first coined the phrase to distance himself from Mrs Thatcher, with his NHS reforms now so confused that he may have to start the legislative process all over again, David Cameron continues to do a good job at keeping secret from people […]

Botham’s Ashes film has some great lessons on leadership and team-work

Posted on 11 May 2011 | 11:05am

Someone calling himself James Hacker asked me on twitter this morning if I was more obsessed about politics or sport. It’s a close call. I’m certainly having a sporty week so far. Last night cricket. Shortly heading to the Emirates for a speech. Tonight the Sport Industry Awards, as a member of the judging panel. […]

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, […]

Out of tragedy comes more tragedy – Gareth Crockett RIP

Posted on 14 April 2011 | 4:04pm

Ten days ago I posted this blog about two young men from Northern Ireland setting out on a remarkable challenge to raise money for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research. Jez Davison and Gareth Crockett had lost a close friend, John Erwin, to leukaemia and the Beldon Challenge was their way of trying to raise £10,000 in […]

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 […]

My BMX stunts put in shade by Jez and Gareth

Posted on 4 April 2011 | 9:04am

Thanks for all the concerned tweets yesterday after I revealed I was being trained by a BMX stunt rider. It won’t surprise you to know that this was at the request of Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research, for reasons which will become clear in due course. But today, I want to highlight the efforts for the […]