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June 23, 2019

There is a battle going on around mental health awareness at present and it is a long, hard campaign. A lack of understanding, long rooted bias and negative experiences all make it difficult for people to change attitudes to mental health. Soldiers need weapons for the...

November 21, 2018

There is a huge difference between procreation and parenthood. One is just the natural order, an evolutionary process of reproduction that is essential for any species to survive. The other is a way of living, the aspects of nurturing and raising an offspring that can...

November 8, 2018

For many of us, mental health problems can be difficult to diagnose, treat and recover from but for men in particular, the issue is a pronounced one. According to ONS, just over three quarters of suicides in this country (76%) are by men and suicide is recognised as th...

August 24, 2018

This week we saw the broadcast of a new documentary called 'Horizon: Stopping Male Suicide' on BBC Two which addressed the biggest cause of death for men under 50. There are many reasons for us all to contemplate just what that means but the truth is that this is still...

May 31, 2018

There are many challenges that authors and writers are faced with; tight deadlines, extensive research, legal implications, less-than-glowing reviews and so many more. The most prominent one I have come across is Writer’s Block. Many of the great and the good have spok...

May 13, 2018

It has been twenty years since the height of my conflict with depression, since the dark days when I saw only one way out of my suffering. I am so thankful that I am still here to talk about that experience. Looking back, I can not recognise the young man who stood in...

April 18, 2018

This week saw the broadcast of the latest season finale of US TV hit “The Walking Dead”. I was watching a scene with a large swarm of mindless zombies creeping across the countryside, groaning, snarling and oblivious to the world around them. As I observed this collect...

February 19, 2018

Every morning on my way into work, I cross the Cardiff Bridge just across from the Principality Stadium to get to the office. Most mornings, I have my head down against a cold wind or I am lost in my thoughts about the day ahead, but recently I have been observing the...

October 10, 2017

Today is World Mental Health Day and I will be spending it hosting a stand at a Mental Health Conference in Cardiff Bay, talking with many people about the importance of mental health, the need to tackle stigma and discrimination particularly in the workplace, and poss...

June 20, 2017

Today is the official relaunch of the Time to Change Wales Reach Out campaign and I was honoured to be asked to take part in the promotion. My own experiences – specifically in dealing with depression for 20 years – have provided plenty of opportunities to reach out to...

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