Will Green – Default Setting: A Nervous Breakdown

Edward has a history of alcoholism and substance abuse, as well as self harm. When we meet him in Default Setting – A Nervous Breakdown he has just split up with Jess, the girl he thought was the love of his life. She’s gone off with someone else. And so begins his descent again. Will Green‘sContinue reading “Will Green – Default Setting: A Nervous Breakdown”

My Beautiful Black Dog

It’s running late, and if we don’t start soon, I’ll have to miss it.The packed line up at the Southbank’s Changing Minds festival means I’ve booked events back to back and delays are screwing my schedule. A one woman musical soirée about depression – I get where this is going, it’s fine. But I am aware itContinue reading “My Beautiful Black Dog”

Reasons To Stay Alive – Matt Haig

In the last couple of years the topic of mental health has been afforded more column inches, and there have been many campaigns and movements to encourage us to speak more about our mental wellbeing. Yet we are still light years away from ‘parity of esteem’ with physical health, and as the illustrations from RobertContinue reading “Reasons To Stay Alive – Matt Haig”

Mindfulness for Black Dogs & Blue Days: Finding a Path Through Depression

Author: Richard Gilpin As a counsellor, cognitive behavioural psychotherapist and meditation instructor, it’s fair to say Richard Gilpin is knowledgeable about the workings of the mind. But as a sufferer of depression – the ‘black dog’ that hounds one in five of us – he has also had first-hand experience of the mind’s ability to mould, meddleContinue reading “Mindfulness for Black Dogs & Blue Days: Finding a Path Through Depression”