Some bits and bobs I’ve done here and there since writing my blog bio in 2012 …
- November – On the Maudsley Debates panel alongside Sir Simon Wessely, Chris Snowdon and Deborah Arnott debating whether psychiatric detainees should be banned from smoking.
- November – Quoted in The Lancet Psychiatry in an article by editor Nialls Boyce on smoking, mental health and e-cigarettes.
- September – Shortlisted for Mind Media Awards in the ‘blogger’ category – for the second year in a row! (The 2014 award was won by Ellen White for Ellen’s OCD blog)
- September – Invited to be on the debate panel at Maudsley debates
- July – Publication of Penguin anthology ‘Dear Strangers – Letters on the subject of happiness’, including a chapter by me (blog post)
- January – Quoted in the Independent article by Rachel Hobbs Should we be worried about the rise in antidepressants?
- November – Invited by Rethink Mental Illness to contribute to their Christmas blog series #MentalWish
- September – Shortlisted in the Mind Media Awards for the Mark Hanson Blogger Award (the 2013 award was won by Charlotte Walker blogging as Bipolar Blogger; and 2012 award was won by Insp Michael Brown blogging as Mental Health Cop) – I’m still trying to process this news as it seems … awesome!
- May – Attended premier of Finding Mike documentary at the invitation of Rethink Mental Illness (I was invited as a tweeter but, ironically, wasn’t able to tweet during the film as BFI staff told me it wasn’t permitted!)
- May – BBC Ouch – Asperger’s on TV … and four more finds (linking to my blog Mental health: a journey of firsts) by Emma Tracey
- April – Mindhacks blog – Last week in the mind and brain news (linking to my blog Things I’ve learned since being sectioned)
- February – Guardian newspaper – Why we need the online presence of MentalHealthCop by Mary O’Hara (linking to my blog Social media, engagement and corporate control: Mental Health Cop)
- February – We Nurses – What you wish you had known tweet chat (based on my blog post Mental health nurse & patient tweet chat: what do newbies need to know?)
- January – World of Mentalists Twental Health Awards:
- November – My blog was shortlisted for the 2013 TWIM Awards for the best in mental health blogging – yay! However … it was placed in the “campaigning” category and it isn’t a campaigning blog. It’s just random things I blather on about, or stuff I share so I can learn myself or help others. Of the 80 or so posts, only a tiny handful refer to a campaign and my most-read post is about poo! The winner and runner up of the 2013 Twental Health Awards were Rethink Mental Illness and Time to Change: now they really are campaigning. I tried insisting my blog wasn’t a campaigning blog (and hey, I should know; plus, I didn’t want to get another label imposed on me by a mental health professional) and, long story short, this resulted in it being removed from the awards altogether. Still, it was lovely for my blog to be shortlisted this year. Thanks to everyone who nominated the blog!
- October – Guardian newspaper – Why we let Channel 4 film the series Bedlam in our mental health wards by Dr Martin Baggeley (linking to my blog Can stigma be challenged by evoking stigmatising stereotypes? From the Maudsley to Bedlam)
- October – Attended the premier of Channel 4’s new 4-part series Bedlam in London at the invitation of South London & Maudsley NHS Trust (SLaM)
- October – South London and Maudsley NHS Trust newsletter (SLaM e-news) – Bedlam – our Channel 4 series (linking to my blog Can stigma be challenged by evoking stigmatising stereotypes? From the Maudsley to Bedlam)
- October – I became an accidental “activist” when I became involved in the #AsylumNO campaign. Apart from other things, this resulted in me being a joint signatory of a letter with the Royal College of Psychiatrists, major mental health charities, the Lancet journal and others.
- August – We Nurses – Talking about poo tweet chat (based on my blog post Constipation: embarrassment, discomfort … and Poo Pride!)
- January – World of Mentalists Twental Health Awards
- Patient Experience tweeter – Winner
- Subversive tweeter – Winner
- 2012 – Judge on the 2012 TWIM awards from World of Mentalists
- Winter 2012/2013 – Commissioned to write an article for national aspirational lifestyle magazine One in Four, by and for people with mental health problems. The article was based on this blog piece: The politics of mental health: the new mental health task force
- June – Guest blogger for paramedic Ella Shaw’s (@DiagnosisLOB) popular blog (now called Trying my Patients)– Pass the Donkey part 1, part 2 (that’s the one I’m in) and part 3