Matchbox Shrines! Welcome to our first episode of Mad Makers! This tutorial is for making matchbox shrines. It takes roughly 20-30 minutes, although you can make it at whatever pace you’re comfortable with. Below is a kit list, a link to the video tutorial, and finally a few pictures for reference. We hope you enjoyContinue reading “Mad Makers: Episode 1”
I’d never heard of PIP before I realised I was eligible – at least 3 years, I might add, after I should have made a claim. Only after I’d begun the application process did I begin to tune into the conversations about unfair and discriminatory assessments. Suddenly it was all I was hearing or talkingContinue reading “PIP in a pandemic”
Mad Makers, a new project from Mad Covid will be launching this Monday 27th September! The last Monday of each month, the mad makers will bring you an arts-and-crafts video via our Mad Covid youtube channel and Instagram. They’re small projects which we hope will be financially accessible (if not free) and actually fun! We’llContinue reading “Mad Makers – coming this Monday!”
Sunitha’s #MadCovidDiaries – 8 September 2020
I embrace the fact that I am having a terrible week but that all I can do is survive. Survive to maybe have the possibility of living again.
I felt a pang of sadness waving my daughter off and a flood of worry for the world she’s growing up in. Will it harm them more or less, the fact that our “new normal” will simply be their “normal”? It’s all they’ll have ever known.
Human Bean’s #MadCovidDiaries, Week 24: August 31st to September 6th 2020
My daughter is really excited about school and I know being with her friends again will be good, even while I am angry that it is mandatory to send them back. I question the morality of trying to get us all “back to normal” with the virus still raging through the population.
Human Bean’s #MadCovidDiaries, Week 23: August 24th to August 30th 2020
I’ve found that this week, like the first few months of the pandemic, the reality of what we are living through keeps hitting me over and over again. It really feels like nothing will ever be the same again.
Human Bean’s #MadCovidDiaries, Week 22: August 17th 2020 to August 23rd 2020
I felt like a piece of meat turning over for the scan. I dissociated from myself and no longer was a person. This is what trauma and autism in a pandemic feels like.
Human Bean’s #MadCovidDiaries, Week 21: August 10th to August 16th 2020
Trigger warnings: medical talk, self injury, trauma
Before COVID there were so many places I could have gone if I wanted to. Did I waste the chance? No. Let’s face it, I never had the spoons.
Human Bean’s #MadCovidDiaries, Week 20: August 3rd to August 9th
As a meme I saw recently said: all lifting lockdown means is that there’s space for you in ICU now.
Human Bean’s #MadCovidDiaries, Week 19: July 27th – August 2nd
I feel like this’ll never be ‘over’ and the future just melts together.
What if there is no “after covid”?
Human Bean’s #MadCovidDiaries, Week 18: July 20th to July 26th
I feel so annoyed that many of my friends think people like me are being too anxious and just need help to be less afraid. I feel that I have an accurate view of the COVID risk and they have kidded themselves into being less afraid because they want to “get back to normal”.
Human Bean’s #MadCovidDiaries, Week 16: July 6th to July 12th TW: Cancer I came out to my mum as non binary this week. I also told a few more people about my plans to change my name. I feel really silly about it (internalised transphobia or a hangover from being stigmatised for BPD shifts inContinue reading “I feel like we’re living in such a brutal world and I didn’t even have the resilience to cope with the old one let alone this.”
‘I’ve coped with lockdown pretty damn well, so can you stop calling me emotionally unstable now?’
@lucywriter’s #madcoviddiaries, 06.07.20
Human Bean‘s #MadCovidDiaries – Week 13: June 15th to June 21st TW: iatrogenic trauma, ableism It’s diary day. I don’t feel like talking today. I guess that’s a good reason to have a set day to update, it’s more representative of my mood than if I just updated when I felt like it. Looong exhale. Continue reading “Health professionals get frustrated with me and misinterpret my attempts at communication. The thought of talking to a doctor now brings a wave of panic because my experience this year has been so terrible.”
Last week we published part 1 of a blog about changes to the delivery of mental health services during COVID19, based on 16 interviews that we’ve done with people using mental health services across the UK. In that blog we highlighted major changes, including significant reductions in contact, inconsistent and ad-hoc check-ins, disparities in theContinue reading ““I’ll just give you a call once a week to make sure you’re alive”: The impact of changes to mental health service delivery during COVID19. Part 2”
27th April 2020 How has your care changed since COVID19? The care itself has just gone remote, just phone calls – phone calls instead of normal GP appointments, and then it was explained to me that if needed I can get access to an in-person meeting, meaning if I’m in crisis, I imagine. But myContinue reading “Mad Covid Voices, with Lou”
22nd April 2020 How has your care changed since COVID19? I mean I didn’t really have much to begin with, so I think it would have changed a lot more if I actually did have some. I’m technically under secondary services, but other than the occasional check in with a psychiatrist I don’t really haveContinue reading “Mad Covid Voices, with Sam”
21st April 2020 How has your care changed since COVID19? All of my face-to-face appointments have been cancelled, or moved to telephone appointments, but in the telephone appointments they’re not really been able to make another appointment. It’s just kind of been a one-off “are you currently fine?” level of contact, kind of for theContinue reading “Mad Covid Voices, with Avery”
20th April 2020 My trauma therapy ended suddenly 18 months ago, as funding was cut. I see my GP every 6 weeks and see a neurologist. I am waiting for a place for neuropsychology therapy to help with sensory issues. I have OCD, but there are no services in my area to help with this.Continue reading “Mad Covid Voices, with Rowan”