Methods for Mental Health: A Tale of Two GPs

Primary care services are the first place people access when they want to begin a journey into mental health treatment and recovery. That first connection is one of the most important connections. It can make or break the beginning of your search for help. We're asked to open the conversation, but, at the heart of … Continue reading Methods for Mental Health: A Tale of Two GPs

Bringing a Chair to the Table: Validating My Illness

As a mental health campaigner, namely in eating disorders, I have become involved in a community full of individuals with similar lived experiences of mental health such as depression, anxiety, and, of course, eating disorders. This community has allowed me to feel heard and supported. I have people to reach out to, and people reach … Continue reading Bringing a Chair to the Table: Validating My Illness

Being a Human of Scotland #ALLIANCEConf20

Outside of my blog, I have been a featured writer/contributor for some organisations involved in mental health, and overall health and social care. One of which is the Humans of Scotland series for Alliance Scotland. After writing an opinion piece on Pro-Ana content for Alliance, I was contacted to be part of this series to … Continue reading Being a Human of Scotland #ALLIANCEConf20

A Debrief of a Masters: MSc Abnormal and Clinical Psychology

After eight hours of driving through the night, driving through two borders, then a quick meal with a new athletics coach, unpacking the majority of my entire life into a small accommodation halls room, and saying a teary and very anxious goodbye to my parents as they set off for another eight hour car journey … Continue reading A Debrief of a Masters: MSc Abnormal and Clinical Psychology

Methods For Mental Health: Sertraline

In February of this year, I was prescribed 50mg of sertraline for severe anxiety that I have had for over a decade of my life, beginning in my early teens. I watched my GP create the prescription, attaching it to my medical records on the computer. He handed over the peach slip, and just like … Continue reading Methods For Mental Health: Sertraline

Let Them Be Heard

Disclaimer: I am a white Scottish woman and this post comes from a white, Scottish, female perspective therefore I do not speak for people of colour. This is my attempt to use my privilege to highlight the injustices within mental health awareness. This post mainly deals with people who are black whether this is Caribean … Continue reading Let Them Be Heard

The Anxiety of Being Productive

During this lockdown, have you seen this tweet copied and pasted onto your timeline from a variety of pseudo-life coaches? https://twitter.com/TheJeremyHaynes/status/1245767684484202496 How has it made you feel? Annoyed? Frustrated? Guilty? Like you're not doing enough? A failure? Me too. At the time I'm writing this the UK is now going into our sixth week of … Continue reading The Anxiety of Being Productive

Mental Health Literature: A Review of “Seconds To Snap”

I recently read Seconds To Snap by Scottish author, Tina McGuff, and it elicited so many strong emotions with every word that I realised this was one of the best books to read to understand the shame, and guilt concerning eating disorders. Seconds To Snap takes you through the dark details of an eating disorder so often missed in popular culture, and is an important lesson in eating disorder awareness.

Timing Your Calories

A quick disclaimer: this is perhaps a more emotional and quick post; a rant, if you will. This post will feature triggering language centred around exercise, calories, 'offsetting' your calories with exercise, and pro-eating disorder information. I wanted to get my feelings and thoughts out there, because this has really angered me. Have you opened … Continue reading Timing Your Calories

Just Five More Sets: The UK Lockdown and Eating Disorder-Related Exercise

It's been over a week since the UK's Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a nationwide lockdown for 3 weeks to combat the coronavirus. The lockdown rules dictate that you cannot leave your house unless it's for medical need, exercise, caring for a vulnerable person, and food shopping (but as infrequently as possible.) In other words, … Continue reading Just Five More Sets: The UK Lockdown and Eating Disorder-Related Exercise