It shouldn’t have taken a death to suspend the Jeremy Kyle show

The public’s health and societal problems are increasingly being used as bait to rake in the viewers. Why isn’t the media doing more to remove shows that carry mental health risks? Here's my latest piece for the Independent which came in light of the tragic news that a participant from the Jeremy Kyle Show died … Continue reading It shouldn’t have taken a death to suspend the Jeremy Kyle show

How should we talk about mental health in schools – Metro

Given I'm not the expert on this, I spoke to a couple of brilliant people who know what they are talking about for my latest Metro piece. Natasha Devon, MBE - an incredibly proactive mental health campaigner who writes for the Times Educational Supplement, and Claire Kelly, a director from the Mindfulness in Schools project. … Continue reading How should we talk about mental health in schools – Metro

5 ways I’m going to use mindfulness to improve my Christmas

This is my latest Metro UK piece - and very apt given how absolutely worn out I am right now after a challenging week! So I was pleasantly reminded of this advice that I wrote a few weeks back for Metro's Christmas lifestyle blogs. It involves wintry walks, mindful eating and the obligatory scented candle. … Continue reading 5 ways I’m going to use mindfulness to improve my Christmas

People are leaving hospital too soon – but is it acute inpatient care that they need?

I just wanted to share a link to a comment piece by the lovely Rachael Byrne, executive director of new models of care at Home Group. It's in response to the stats released by Mind last week about the numbers of people who feel they are leaving mental health hospital too soon. Rachael asks if … Continue reading People are leaving hospital too soon – but is it acute inpatient care that they need?