David Mordecai

I’m David Mordecai, in Toronto, Canada. I’m participating in #MadCovidDiaries so that I can practise writing daily and feel more connected to other mad folks. When I’m not under lockdown I run a small residential gardening business with a few staff, some of whom also deal with mental health challenges. I’m also involved in a couple of service-user projects. You can learn more about me on my personal website, see my amateur photography on Instagram or chat with me on Twitter. My profile pic here is one that holds special memories for me from the last time I experienced mania, in the Spring of 2017.

David Mordecai’s #MadCovidDiaries

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.”

COVID is casting the choices between health and wealth in the starkest possible terms.

David Mordecai’s #MadCovidDiaries diary – 19.05.2020 I am in Toronto, Canada, and our political leadership would like us to believe that we are far enough along in our response to COVID to end our shutdown. My garden business was allowed to resume operations on May 4th. That’s shifted a lot in my life and isContinue reading “COVID is casting the choices between health and wealth in the starkest possible terms.”

The failures of our past economies are making us vulnerable. We need to choose to value different things economically.

David Mordecai’s #MadCovidDiaries diary – 1.05.2020 It’s been strange to go from five weeks when my mood felt remarkably good and stable, to a place where I’ve needed to interpret the signs of what my brain and body are doing sometimes moment by moment in order to decide what kind of interventions to make. FirstContinue reading “The failures of our past economies are making us vulnerable. We need to choose to value different things economically.”

The seriousness of COVID-19 is brought into sharp focus for me because my Dad lives in a long-term care home where there is currently an outbreak of at least three-dozen cases.

David Mordecai’s #MadCovidDiaries diary -Thursday April 23, 2020! Between my last #MadCovidDiaries update and today I’ve been floundering mood-wise. I did write daily entries but they just talked about being down. Also I realised I can stick to my goal of writing something every day while the end product becomes a single weekly entry. SoContinue reading “The seriousness of COVID-19 is brought into sharp focus for me because my Dad lives in a long-term care home where there is currently an outbreak of at least three-dozen cases.”

I have this sense that mad folks “own” the territory the world finds itself in now. I feel like we have a lot to offer. Maybe that sounds crazy.

David Mordecai’s first #MadCovidDiaries diary! I want to keep a daily diary. However #MadCovidDiaries are published weekly. This is my first week of posts. Tuesday, April 14th, 2020:  Feeling okay about feeling okay … maybe. This actually didn’t open fully until Wednesday. It’s such a source of gladness and joy for me cooped up inContinue reading “I have this sense that mad folks “own” the territory the world finds itself in now. I feel like we have a lot to offer. Maybe that sounds crazy.”

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