Brave New World? #11

Tony’s Photographic #MadCovidDiary 12.6.2020 Tony adds his 11th instalment of photos to the collection ‘Brave New World?’. He takes photos on his daily short walks under lockdown in the UK. You can read more about his work here. This week Tony’s work has been featured on Radio Nottingham: And, Tony received an honourable mention inContinue reading “Brave New World? #11”

Rather than lockdown, we’re in limbo

Lucy’s #MadCovidDiaries 10.6.2020  @lucywriter As Covid-19 restrictions slowly ease, I find myself wondering whether we’re still in lockdown. In some ways, it no longer feels like lockdown now I can see my friends and family (albeit at a 2m distance and not on a rainy day unless we’re willing to get drenched in the park),Continue reading “Rather than lockdown, we’re in limbo”

You’re not a Mental Health Activist in any sense if you’re not intersectional

Jo’s #MadCovidDiaries 8.6.2020 Jo’s 12th vlog is out now!  If you’ve enjoyed this vlog, please consider donating to our Hardship Fund for people with a mental health condition who are in financial need during COVID19. Mad Covid is an entirely unfunded group. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. WeContinue reading “You’re not a Mental Health Activist in any sense if you’re not intersectional”

I’m white and feel like I have a responsibility to do everything I can to educate myself and others and make changes happen wherever I can. Black lives matter. 🖤

Human Bean‘s #MadCovidDiaries – Week 11: June 1st to June 7th I didn’t manage self therapy this week. My partner was working and I had to take care of the kids so it didn’t happen. I will make sure it happens in the coming week so I don’t lose the habit. I’m quite annoyed thatContinue reading “I’m white and feel like I have a responsibility to do everything I can to educate myself and others and make changes happen wherever I can. Black lives matter. 🖤”

The more lockdown is eased, the more my anxiety rises. It’s going to be a long time before I stop staying alert.

Hattie’s #MadCovidDiaries 2.6.2020 The more lockdown is eased, the more my anxiety rises. It’s going to be a long time before I stop staying alert. I have obsessive compulsive disorder, and if there’s one thing I’m an expert at, it’s staying alert. Right now we are living though a real life enactment of one ofContinue reading “The more lockdown is eased, the more my anxiety rises. It’s going to be a long time before I stop staying alert.”

Brave New World? #10

Tony’s Photographic #MadCovidDiary 5.6.2020 Tony adds his 10th instalment of photos to the collection ‘Brave New World?’. He takes photos on his daily short walks under lockdown in the UK. You can read more about his work here. This week Tony’s work has been featured on ITV News and has been reported on by HistoricContinue reading “Brave New World? #10”

We need to amplify black voices right now

Jo’s #MadCovidDiaries 1.6.2020 Jo’s 11th vlog is out now!  Jo reflects on the international events of last week and hopes that this might spark a change. She highlights the importance of amplifying black voices during this time. If you’ve enjoyed this vlog, please consider donating to our Hardship Fund for people with a mental healthContinue reading “We need to amplify black voices right now”

I think often of others out there struggling with their mental health and I hope you know I’m rooting for you.

TW: brief mention of suicidal thinking  Human Bean‘s #MadCovidDiaries – Week 10(!): May 25th to May 31st It’s wild we’ve been at this ten weeks. I suppose in a way though I’ve been in lockdown most of the year; I was physically too ill to leave the house for most of the first three monthsContinue reading “I think often of others out there struggling with their mental health and I hope you know I’m rooting for you.”

I’ve been a mad person in psychiatric services for 15 years and have spent 12 years on Lithium, which means I’m in the lost causes league.

Heather‘s #MadCovidDiaries 27.5.2020  Moonstruck. I’m showing my fellow volunteers how Zoom works. We click through the menu above our faces and I explain that you can rename yourself. ‘You could have a nickname, or choose your pronouns, or make up a whole other name, if you like.’ I spend the rest of the session teachingContinue reading “I’ve been a mad person in psychiatric services for 15 years and have spent 12 years on Lithium, which means I’m in the lost causes league.”

Special Skies

Steve’s Photographic #MadCovidDiary 2.6.2020 Steve shares some more of his amazing collection of photographs on the topic ‘Special Skies’! He’s happy to receive suggestions about photo topics – he has a big collection of photographs he’d like to share with everyone.  Thank you Steve :  ) This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivativesContinue reading “Special Skies”

Getting back to any sort of normality after my hospitalisation did not feel like an option. It felt surreal to go from hospital to pandemic. It was like entering a new world.

TW: Overdose @RelapseRover’s #MadCovidDiaries – 27.5.2020 Life after hospital in Covid times A week before lockdown I was discharged from hospital after a two month admission. On the day of my discharge all the patients got a letter from the hospital managers explaining that due to this thing called Covid they may have to takeContinue reading “Getting back to any sort of normality after my hospitalisation did not feel like an option. It felt surreal to go from hospital to pandemic. It was like entering a new world.”

I don’t know why it’s taken a pandemic to get me to the peak of my frustration and anger with the widespread mental health ‘intervention’ that is known as signposting.

Naomi, @doricgirl #MadCovidDiaries – 27.5.2020 I don’t know why it’s taken a pandemic to get me to the peak of my frustration and anger with the widespread mental health ‘intervention’ that is known as signposting, but I suppose we all respond differently to crisis – apparently my reaction of choice is rage against the practiceContinue reading “I don’t know why it’s taken a pandemic to get me to the peak of my frustration and anger with the widespread mental health ‘intervention’ that is known as signposting.”

Mad for alcohol

TW: Alcohol addiction By Chloë – 29.5.2020 This may be the hardest thing I have ever written, and it’s certainly the first time I have ever had to ask someone else to host a blog post so that I can remain anonymous. I’m going to be very careful about what I say so that IContinue reading “Mad for alcohol”

#MentalHealthAwarenessWeek2020 – We are already aware!

This is a reblog from Charlie Richards’ blog Recolourising Life This last Sunday (24/05) marks the end of this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week. I have quite mixed views about MHAW for various reasons, but my opinion can best be summarised as: We need to be encouraging action, not awareness. We are already aware. When I say we areContinue reading “#MentalHealthAwarenessWeek2020 – We are already aware!”

My therapist held this power over me and yet could affirm that the experience I was having was not diseased or pathological, and was in fact positive, was remarkable and deeply validating and healing for me.

David Mordecai’s #MadCovidDiaries diary – 27.05.2020 One of memories that clearly marks how my life changed thanks to mental illness was being admitted to the overnight unit at the health centre of my university and having the staff person there write a giant ‘psi’ on her pad, which she then showed to the friend whoContinue reading “My therapist held this power over me and yet could affirm that the experience I was having was not diseased or pathological, and was in fact positive, was remarkable and deeply validating and healing for me.”

Brave New World? #9

Tony’s Photographic #MadCovidDiary 29.5.2020 Tony adds his 9th instalment of photos to the collection ‘Brave New World?’. He takes photos on his daily short walks under lockdown in the UK. You can read more about his work here. LEAVES ON THE LINE Golden leaves Swirl past the window Sighing on air F             A       LContinue reading “Brave New World? #9”

No one can fix this mess… Maybe it’s reasonable to cry… Maybe being one of many helpline callers tonight is a sign that this crisis is a big one.

TW: Self Harm Heather‘s #MadCovidDiaries 27.5.2020  I’ve been crying for an hour by the time I make the call. People say crying is therapeutic, like a flash storm – it’s a sudden spurt of emotion that clears all the cobwebs away. I’ve been sat, fully dressed in the empty bath tub alone for an hourContinue reading “No one can fix this mess… Maybe it’s reasonable to cry… Maybe being one of many helpline callers tonight is a sign that this crisis is a big one.”

This whole experience is really taking a mental and physical toll on my body. Each day to me actually represents three or four days of pre-covid time.

Sunitha’s #MadCovidDiaries 25.5.2020  Yesterday, my mum reiterated her desire to come drive to see me even if it was just from afar. A couple of weeks ago, I was seriously considering self isolating in preparation for relaxing of lockdown rules and asking my parents to do the same. Unfortunately, trying to convince my mum thatContinue reading “This whole experience is really taking a mental and physical toll on my body. Each day to me actually represents three or four days of pre-covid time.”

I’m amazed at the brass neck on Johnson. It’s like being in some George Orwell novel.

Jo’s #MadCovidDiaries 25.5.2020 TW: Swearing. Jo’s tenth vlog is out now!  Jo is not happy about Dominic Cummings’ antics in Durham when he should have been adhering to the lockdown and then using Autism as a defence. She’s also not happy with the way Boris Johnson has stood by him. On a positive note, she’sContinue reading “I’m amazed at the brass neck on Johnson. It’s like being in some George Orwell novel.”

I’m off to get ready for a virtual Zoom cocktail party tonight! I’m loving the possibilities for remote connection that are springing up. I never want those to go away.

Human Bean‘s #MadCovidDiaries – Week 9: May 18th to May 24th Hi all. I’ve been generally feeling more positive this week. I made the tough decision to keep my four year old off preschool for the rest of the school year (I also have a two year old at home).  I feel lucky to haveContinue reading “I’m off to get ready for a virtual Zoom cocktail party tonight! I’m loving the possibilities for remote connection that are springing up. I never want those to go away.”