What is MentalHealthWise?
I’m Martha Roberts and I started MentalHealthWise as a blog because of my own experiences of dealing with mental health.
Why write a blog?
As a journalist, I know how important it is to get the right messages across with responsible and accurate articles. I recognise how easy it is to say things that perpetuate myths about mental health and, conversely, how good writing can help to enlighten and hopefully even change attitudes. I like to include expert opinions and robust statistics in my blogs, as well as personal views from people who live with mental health issues, including me. I also reserve the right to rant at times and a blog gives me the freedom to do this.
Mind Media Awards 2014
I was thrilled to be shortlisted for the highly-esteemed Mind Media Awards 2014 in the blogging category, alongside impressive entries including those of Black Dog Runner. The judges said of my entry:
“Martha Robert’s blog was very well researched with excellent examples of others’ personal experience. It is an example of how a blog can also be a piece of well researched journalism.”
Where does the name MentalHealthWise come from?
When people ask me, ‘How are you feeling at the moment?’, I often find myself saying, ‘Well, mental health-wise, I’m feeling so much better.’ Other people have told me they say this, too. It seems to be a much-used phrase.
A bit about me
After cutting my journalistic teeth as a news reporter on local newspapers, I worked as a features writer & commissioning editor on women’s magazines. I then became deputy health editor at The Sun before becoming health editor at an internet service provider (Freeserve) where I won Internet Writer of the Year in the Norwich Union Medical Journalism Awards for a piece about depression. An article I wrote about twin loss in the Mail on Sunday’s YOU magazine was also highly commended in the same medical journalism awards.
I have since written about health and wellbeing issues on a freelance basis for a range of titles, including The Daily Mail, The Mirror, The Express, The Guardian, Top Sante and Healthy. I am also a regular contributor to Psychologies magazine where I have a regular ‘Life Lab’ reviewing evidence-based ways of achieving happiness. As well as blogging for MentalHealthWise, I have also blogged for the Huffington Post and FunnyWomen.com, and am a blogging ambassador for Psychologies magazine.