Learning the hard way

Hi everyone. It’s been just over a week since I posted on social media that I was taking a break from Making Minds. Well, I’m feeling a bit more human but realise that I hit my limit recently and that I shouldn’t attempt to function at the level that I had been for a number…

From the Time to Change blog – Art and mental health

Earlier this year I got involved with the Time to Change Wales campaign, submitting a blog post and conducting media interviews to help raise awareness of mental health issues in an effort to reduce mental health stigma and discrimination. The Time to Change campaign in England started a few years before its Welsh equivalent and…

The day I learnt how to write mindfully

Yesterday I attended a free taster session that was hosted by Cardiff University, as part of UK Disability History Month. The session was titled ‘Creative Writing for Mental Wealth’ and was led by Briony Goffin. I didn’t quite know what to expect but the session was recommended to me by a friend, who has Briony…

There is a light that never goes out

A little Friday story for you… Anyone who knows me fairly well, will know that I’m into tattoos. I’ve acquired four in the last 18 months – mid-life crisis, who knows? I know that they are a source of pleasure for me and I don’t regret getting any of them. All of the ones I’ve…

Making Minds…open minds and tackling stigma

A big hello to the growing number of Making Minds supporters. I’m chuffed with the way the idea and general concept has been received and the interest that’s been shown by people of all backgrounds and organisations from various sectors. While we still have a long way to go before Making Minds is operational, I’m…

A little less conversation? No way!

The conversations keep coming…. Stigma-defying conversations about mental health and conversations about art and creativity maintaining, if not accelerating, the momentum that seems to have been generated in recent weeks and months. As and when it is live and operational, Making Minds is coming at a good time. This week, we received a strong indication…

New strategy shows we’re all in this ‘together’

Yesterday, Health Minister, Lesley Griffiths launched the Welsh Government’s new ten-year mental health strategy ‘Together for Mental Health’. It’s a strategy that is designed for everyone in Wales to play a part in improving the health and wellbeing of a nation – think about it….this is a watershed moment for Wales and mental health policies…

The appetite has been whetted

On Monday, I set up this blog, a Facebook page and Twitter feed, in an effort to dip my toe in the water with Making Minds and to start generating interest in the idea. I’m mighty glad I did. Not only has it served to renew contact with people that had previously expressed an interest…