Self-help books & depression: can they really help?

Each night, my six-year-old and I dip into Penguin’s ‘Pocket Jokes’ book to go to sleep on a laugh (it’s life-affirming – try it). Current favourite: What did the 0 say to the 8? ‘Nice belt!’ The other book I’ve got on the go right now is about depression, the antithesis of a book of […]

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Give Bipolar UK your coffee money – please!

OK, so times are hard and very few of us have avoided being hit by the recession in some way. For us journalists, it’s the shedding of jobs and the ever-shrinking pot available to pay freelancers (one of my editors described us journalists as being ‘on top of a shrinking iceberg’). When you’re at the […]

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Celebrity depression and ‘practising fruitcakes’

There are two nuggets of mental health news that have grabbed me today – the first about a celebrity and the second about an impending change in UK legislation. I’m thrilled to see that Frankie Sandford from The Saturdays (who’ve had 11 UK top ten hits) has become an ambassador for mental health charity Mind. […]

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Man bites dog: tell me things are changing…

After such a ‘ta-dah!’ announcement of my blog, I have been pondering over what my first ‘proper’ blog entry should be. As a health journalist, I know that any given day offers up so much material by way of worthy mental health discussion topics, as well as all the soapbox issues that I’ve been racking […]

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Madness and sadness – let’s discuss…

Welcome to my blog. Once upon a time, not that long ago, I was Deputy Health Editor on a national newspaper and an award-winning health writer (I also co-wrote a book but I think my mum bought all the available copies). I was doing just fine. But then life happened and now – in addition […]

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