At the beginning of March, the finalists for the Venus Awards 2018 (Devon & Cornwall) were announced and, having been shortlisted as a semi-finalist in two categories, I was very proud to see my name in the three finalists for the 'Inspirational Woman' award.
Since it’s World Mental Health Day, we thought we would share some of the comments given by young people in our workshops. Participants are given a blank #heartonthehand image and encouraged to write comments about what they have learned in the workshop. The comments c...
What does it feel like to self-harm?
Well, let’s go to the beach.
And walk into the water, blindfolded.
Just keep walking, you don’t know where you’re going.
You just know you’re going deeper and deeper out into the sea.
In recent days, I’ve been given cause to reflect on the potentially devastating consequences of mental illness in teenagers and young adults – more specifically on the consequences of young people not receiving the help they need when they need it.
Five years ago, when my daughter became ill with severe mental health problems, I knew absolutely nothing about mental illness. I didn’t really know what it was, what caused it, what to do about it and – most importantly – I didn’t know what to say or how to help!