Endings in mental health treatment

This week I've been thinking about the endings of connections in mental health services. I've experienced one ending last week which didn't go well and will be having a further ending this week. In mental health care relationships are often built between patients and professionals. As a patient you may see someone regularly and may …

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Mindful photography at Westonbirt – an exhibition.

I've written about Westonbirt Arboretum many times on this blog. We joined as members nearly 2 years ago now. I've taken my camera with me on each visit and rather than take some of the stereotypical photos of landscapes (which still have a good place in photography) I've tried capture the detail of the Arboretum, …

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Occupational Therapy in mental health treatment

Recently someone suggested I write a blog about Occupational Therapy and how it has helped me. Life is difficult at the moment so I am using this blog as a way of distraction from what is going on in my mind. I've spent time on acute psychiatric wards and an eating disorder unit as an …

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Relapse – the insidious creeping vine of an eating disorder.

It's been a while since I've written a blog, I think I stopped writing around the time I relapsed. It's quite hard to write when you are feeling unwell and things feel terrible. I have kept up with my social media feed as it's easy to post quick snap shots of nature and the outdoors, …

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The peace of the wild things- Save Stoke Park Woods

I started visiting Stoke Park Estate in Bristol when my daughter was 4 years old. I was a lonely, isolated, single parent experiencing depression. I lived locally to the park, but didn't know my community at all. For those unaware of what Stoke Park is, it's an area of parkland set alongside urban areas of …

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Home from hospital – mental health awareness week 2018

Just when you think you've covered all the awareness weeks another one comes along from the shadows, brandishing itself on social media. For this awareness day I'd like to write about my hospital admission to an Eating Disorder unit, of which I have just been discharged from. I don't think a huge amount is known …

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Eating disorders Awareness Week 2018 – a day in the life of anorexic me.

Disclaimer - this blog may contain material which might be upsetting or unhelpful for people who are recovering or struggling with this an eating disorder. It will contain descriptions of unhelpful behaviors. Please consider this before continuing to read. The aim of the blog is to raise awareness of what someone with an eating disorder …

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The power of a factory reset

Yesterday was a horrible day, everything felt like it had fallen into piles of tiny pieces. It took a long time to calm myself. When something distressing happens I can often hold it for some time, running it over and over on repeat, the painful feelings conducting my behaviors, like an errant orchestra. In a …

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