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On Quitting Blogging

It is one year tomorrow since I quit blogging at Confessions of a Serial Insomniac, which was my online home for three full years of chaotic mental illness and trauma therapy. With the blog, the entity ‘Pandora’ effectively died; yes, I maintain a presence here, but this is a collaborative blog covering various mental health-related […]

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Writing Helps You Confront Who You Really Are

Hi everyone. This is a guest post from Natasha, who recently started writing poetry as a means of exploring her mental health problems. Here she explains how she has found the pursuit therapeutic. The titular statement of this post was brought to my attention at a workshop I attended. it resonated with me for many […]

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Originally posted on zedkat:
[Content note: This post is about how the media presents mental health, no offence is intended.] So, another day another article about mental health illustrated with a classic stock image. This inspired a hunt of similar stories due to the sense of familiarity with the image used. As such, I bring…

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#ESAEndGame – Get Involved In & Spread the Word About a New #SpartacusReport

@suey2y (Sue Marsh) is at it again. Despite her own significant ill health, she has campaigned relentlessly for the rights and dignity of benefit claimants, and is now at the helm of a new initiative gathering stories of hundreds of Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) claimants to present to the mainstream media – a second Spartacus […]

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Relationships and Mental Health

After so long a single person I seem to have been crept up on, confuzzeled and acquired myself a boyfriend! I won’t say too much about him or he will start smiling, I’ll start smiling and we can’t have that as I have depression! I hope we last, (the boyfriend, not the mental illness) as […]

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9 to 5 with PND

This is a guest post from Alison*. Alison is a primary (‘kindergarten’ to friends across the pond) teacher who began to experience depression after the birth of her son in 2005. Here she discusses her experience of a post-natal mental health problem, her attempts to manage it whilst maintaining a demanding job, and how her […]

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This Week In Mentalists – Crime-Fighting Guinea-Pigs Edition

Hello, and welcome to another edition of TWIM, which features discussion of self-harm, recreational drug use, excessive drinking, a car accident, suicidal thoughts and behaviours and hospitalisation, as well as friendship, birthdays and crime-fighting guinea-pigs.

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The Life of an Actute Inpatient (Wotten Lawn, Gloucester, England)

Hi everyone. This is a submission from David, who blogs at 2012warriet.wordpress.com. David was sectioned under S2 of the Mental Health Act in 2002, and admitted to Wotten Lawn Psychiatric Hospital in Gloucester. In August 2004, David wrote a comprehensive article on his experiences of the ward, which he offered for publication here on TWOM. Please […]

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On being both a mental health professional and a patient

My name is UselessCPN. I am, as the name indicates, a Community Psychiatric Nurse. I’m also a user of mental health services. Some of you reading know this; others may not have until now. I don’t hide it. I’m a big advocate for being ‘out’ about mental health. I know many people who feel frightened […]

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