As psychiatric patients, we are so often disbelieved or not listened to in the first place. Our accounts of poor treatment and trauma are dismissed as an overreaction; we reach out for help only to be deemed attention seeking; even our interpretation of the world is pathologised and declared as symptomatic of our madness.
On this day last year – 17 March 2020 – the Hardship Solidarity Fund GoFundMe page was set up for donations after Bethan and Jo had been in conversation about it since early March. Around the same time, Bethan set up the MadCovid WordPress site to publish Mad people’s diaries, with the aim of documentingContinue reading “‘We don’t fuck about, do we?’: MadCovid, 1 year on”
Cross-stitching! This month’s episode saw us creating our first ever Mad Makers packs and posting them off to crafty folk across the UK – and we were pleasantly surprised how quickly they were snapped up! It was also the first time that someone approached us about recording an episode. @stitching_4_change first encountered Mad Covid atContinue reading “Mad Makers : Episode 4, with @stitching_4_change”
Mail Art! Welcome back makers! This month we’re creating some mad mail art. It’s a bit of a change from the previous episodes because mail art can be interpreted in so many different ways – but that’s sort of why we think it suits Mad Makers! You can use almost anything you have around you,Continue reading “Mad Makers : Episode 3”
Flower pressing & making cards Welcome back, makers! This is month we’re breaking things up into an easy-going 2 parter. Flower pressing, which takes 5-10 minutes (and about 2 weeks left alone to press), and making cards, which take about 5 minutes each. Thank you so much to everyone who engaged with our last episode,Continue reading “Mad Makers : Episode 2”
This blog is a reblog from Jo‘s personal blog! I am intensely interested in other people. This was even the case when I was sectioned on back in early 2017. Why were the other people on the ward there? What diagnoses did they have? What was their home situation? Did they get visitors? Who wereContinue reading “My motivation for volunteering during lockdown was almost completely selfish. That’s fine.”
By Robyn Timoclea Let’s face it, 2020 hasn’t been kind to any of us. There’s been a lot of talk about the impact on the nation’s mental health but those of us who have been mad for a long time will know that talk doesn’t mean anything. With another impending recession and increasing unemployment onContinue reading “Mad Covid’s Alternative Christmas Gift List: Supporting MadArts and Crafters”
Sunitha‘s #MadCovidDiaries 28.9.2020 On the way to work today, I had some idea about what I wanted to write about but right now, sitting here in the semi dark, I am struggling to recall or function when all I am able to think about is how much I want to sleep. Last week was reallyContinue reading “I only now realise that my whole life has been this internal struggle between the person that society wants me to be and the person that I am.”
As a daughter of parents’ who have themselves inherited so much trauma from their parents, was I always going to be this way? All I do know is the concept of who I am is constantly moving and adapting.
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