The news is driving me crazy, our government seems to have decided PR is more important than people’s lives and their livelihood.

Sunitha‘s #MadCovidDiaries 12.10.2020 I’m angry. I want to throw something. I feel like in spite of all the work I have done on myself in the past year, I am getting dragged back into the dysfunctional drama that causes me so much anxiety. I feel the increase in the emotional claustrophobia that threatens my existence, thatContinue reading “The news is driving me crazy, our government seems to have decided PR is more important than people’s lives and their livelihood.”

My motivation for volunteering during lockdown was almost completely selfish. That’s fine.

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.”

If I’m supposed to survive the impending feeling of doom that has been created by the pandemic, I am going to have to find things to look forward to doing.

Sunitha‘s #MadCovidDiaries 6.10.2020 The last few days have been a real strain on my sense of being. The way I visualise it is a tug of war inside my head between all my different needs. A great example is that on one hand, I am still doing basic functions like eating and on the otherContinue reading “If I’m supposed to survive the impending feeling of doom that has been created by the pandemic, I am going to have to find things to look forward to doing.”

Brave New World? #24

Tony’s Photographic #MadCovidDiary 15.10.2020 Tony adds his 24th 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 fortnight, Tony’s work featured in Amateur Photographer! This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivativesContinue reading “Brave New World? #24”

Zoom WRAP: “Despite being alone in our living rooms, we bonded.”

Heather’s #MadCovidDiaries – 6th of October 2020 Whole ass-ing a Wellness Recovery Action Plan. I’ve spent the last 5 years facilitating Wellness Recovery Action Plan Groups. I’m going to preface this entry by explaining why many peoples shoulders go up around their ears at the mention of Wellness Recovery Action Planning. It’s understandable. Wellness RecoveryContinue reading “Zoom WRAP: “Despite being alone in our living rooms, we bonded.””

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.

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.”

I feel the fear of this never going away. I feel the fear of the impact of the actions of others on us all.

@Outdoorperscrip #MadCovidDiaries – 6th of October 2020 Content warning: Why do I find it so difficult when people break rules? I know it’s something I’ve always struggled with. It’s made me unpopular in work settings when I’ve pulled people up on not doing things properly or rule breaking. I’ve often worked in settings where theContinue reading “I feel the fear of this never going away. I feel the fear of the impact of the actions of others on us all.”

“What are you so happy about? People like you don’t get to be happy in life.’

Heather’s #MadCovidDiaries – 5th of October 2020 Content warning: Abuse One day in my teenage years, I came home excited. I’d been at work experience and I returned brimming full of stories of this new world of work. In this world, people joked and turned the radio up and wore cool shoes, just like myContinue reading ““What are you so happy about? People like you don’t get to be happy in life.’”

Brave New World? #23

Tony’s Photographic #MadCovidDiary 05.10.2020 Tony adds his 23rd 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 has an article in the Derbyshire Times! This work is licensed under a CreativeContinue reading “Brave New World? #23”

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.

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.

Sunitha’s #MadCovidDiaries

I am a girly swot for rehabilitation, I just want to get the treatment done and get a gold star for it too.

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.

Heather’s #MadCovidDiaries

We’ve reached a critical point. A decision needs to be made about moving teaching online at universities.

Jo’s #MadCovidDiaries 27.9.2020 Jo’s 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. We askContinue reading “We’ve reached a critical point. A decision needs to be made about moving teaching online at universities.”

The biggest hurdle that I’ve managed to overcome in the last six months is accepting myself. Writing for this blog has allowed me to open up in different ways and own all the parts of me.

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.

Brave New World? #22

Tony’s Photographic #MadCovidDiary 22.9.2020 Tony adds his 22nd 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 was on BBC East Midlands Today! Photo’s from Tony’s day trip to Staffordshire: Wildlife,Continue reading “Brave New World? #22”

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.

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.

The simple courtesy of wearing a mask is something autistic people do invisibly all the time, often at great psychological cost.

Hope’s #MadCovidDiaries Tuesday 14.8.2020 TW autism and rape/sexual abuse ‘In wise love each divines the high secret self of the other and, refusing to believe in the mere daily self, creates a mirror where the lover or the beloved sees an image to copy in daily life. Love also creates the mask’. — W. B.Continue reading “The simple courtesy of wearing a mask is something autistic people do invisibly all the time, often at great psychological cost.”

Brave New World? #21

Tony’s Photographic #MadCovidDiary 16.9.2020 Tony adds his 21st 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 was on BBC Derby radio talking about everything he’s up to, including Mad Covid!Continue reading “Brave New World? #21”

I miss connecting with others in person and I fear for a disconnected future, where those of us with disabilities feel excluded from society.

@outdoorperscrip’s #MadCovidDiaries 14.9.2020  What usually helps you when you’re feeling like this? This is possibly one of the most used sentences in mental health support. I wonder how many patients have suddenly found the answer to their distress is solved by that one simple question? I’ve been asked it a few times lately and toContinue reading “I miss connecting with others in person and I fear for a disconnected future, where those of us with disabilities feel excluded from society.”

The outside world for me has always felt scary. In that respect, the pandemic has set me back.

Sunitha’s #MadCovidDiaries 31.8.2020  This week has been almost normal. I saw my family on the weekend, had lunch with my mum’s cousin and peeled a lot of apples. Okay, the last part is definitely not a normal week but there was something about peeling apples that felt vaguely cathartic, something that I imagine normal peopleContinue reading “The outside world for me has always felt scary. In that respect, the pandemic has set me back.”

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.

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