What's On at the moment:
I run a public Facebook page for anyone to join and contribute to a community chatting about mental health things and inspirational ideas. Everybody is welcome
I am preparing for a series of talks in the UK which I am organising at local level to engage small communities in chatting informally and honestly about mental health. The first one will be about moods and how we cope with them as its central theme and this will be in January 2015.
I am very excited to be back in Ireland again this November speaking at University College Cork at the 6th annual conference entitled " Critical Perspectives On and Beyond Psychiatric Diagnosis". I am sharing my own perspectives on my 16 and a half years with a diagnosis and sharing my insights on talking about mental health.
Shropshire County Council , UK
I was very honoured to be invited to brief the county councillors of Shropshire as part of a series of focussed talks on mental health. All the political parties were represented as well as Independant parties and a few cabinet ministers were present too. It was a great opportunity to speak directly to a diverse group of such influencial people.
Richard Kelly, the chief executive of Mind in Herefordshire invited me to a training event delivered by Time To Change in Hereford. I spoke about my experience with Time To Change focussing on my strong advocacy for speaking out about lived experience of mental illness.
Earlier in July, I also attended Time To Change's full company meeting in London together with affiliated organisations Mind, Rethink and Comic Relief. I represented over 3000 UK speakers with 5 other champions and together we were responsible for the planning and delivery of the day's programme engineered towards directing phase 3 of the campaign's focus.
Black Dog Tribe, the online forum of SANE started by Ruby Wax, published my blog post Meet Me In The Sandpit . It is a short piece on happiness and your own childhood advice.
I was featured on Irish website Her.ie who also published my article on my experience of stigma
My local community talk in May was a really great evening and I enjoyed every moment. The people who came made me feel genuinely supported.
I have been asked to write a review of Rachel Kelly's book Black Rainbow for the charity SANE. Rachel was a journalist with The Times for 10 years and writes about her struggles with depression but also about her solutions which she shares in order to offer hope and inspiration to others. Her website is www.rachelkelly.co.uk
I try and blog often and I receive requests for commissioned pieces as a guest blogger too.
Writing a book - Teaching dancing - composing songs - creating videos - writing poetry -
Life is never dull - and I have to stay creating or else I really do go mad !