On Mental Health

Starting a new role at work, managing nerves and other distractions.

I have just arrived at a new job, quite literally- I just walked through the door to the building five minutes ago. I’m sitting in the waiting room now, because I got here a bit early and my new manager is still on the phone. I’m fairly nervous, although reasonably, I know that there’s no…… Continue reading Starting a new role at work, managing nerves and other distractions.

On Writing

Another return to WordPress- and a vow to finally finish my book.

I have been absent from word-press for some time now, and I wish I could say it’s because I’ve simply been too busy. That’s the generally acceptable excuse, isn’t it? To say things along the lines of ‘real life has been too fast paced,’ or ‘my real life has become too busy to allow me…… Continue reading Another return to WordPress- and a vow to finally finish my book.

Misc

Nine months as a Support Worker, and a fairly steep learning curve (part 4)

In learning how deeply entrenched and rigid my own ideas of support work and Social Work were, I came to accept that there are other ways of approaching these roles, and other ways to approach the task of helping a client reach independence and higher levels of resilience. I also came to accept that when…… Continue reading Nine months as a Support Worker, and a fairly steep learning curve (part 4)

Misc

Nine months as a Support Worker, and a fairly steep learning curve

Thirteen years ago I was diagnosed with Paranoid Schizophrenia and hospitalised. I was assigned a social worker and a community psychiatric nurse, who then worked with me for about five years. They were part of the Early Intervention in Psychosis unit, and shouldn’t have worked with me for longer than about a year, but because…… Continue reading Nine months as a Support Worker, and a fairly steep learning curve

On Writing

Getting Serious: it’s time to go all Shia Lebeouf… (1)

JUST – DOOOOOOO – IT … Has anybody else watched Shia Lebeouf’s infamous youtube rant? The one in which he bellows, grunts and roars like a grizzly bear for five minutes in an attempt to motivate and inspire his audience? I’m not sure if it’s actually motivational in itself, or whether it’s just goddamn flipping…… Continue reading Getting Serious: it’s time to go all Shia Lebeouf… (1)

On Writing

My “grand plan,” and why I should probably avoid Skyrim

So…  I’m kinda flailing a little bit with my “grand plan.” (Just so that the rest of this post make sense I will share my “grand plan” with you…) It’s simple really: 1. Use blog to improve my writing skills, 2. Use blog to raise awareness of the reality behind schizophrenia and mental illness, 3.…… Continue reading My “grand plan,” and why I should probably avoid Skyrim