Society told me I was wrong, that my thoughts needed to be changed. Now, society lives in fear and practices all the things that go on in my mind.

Kimberley’s First #MadCovidDiaries 3.4.2020 Here’s something that took me a while to accept – when the Coronavirus pandemic started to take hold of the UK and the behaviour of society drastically changed, I felt angry.  To some extend, I’m ashamed to say that. But let me explain. As the UK saw cases of COVID-19 soar,Continue reading “Society told me I was wrong, that my thoughts needed to be changed. Now, society lives in fear and practices all the things that go on in my mind.”

Everyone’s sharing (to some degree), a similar kind of psychological pain.

Hope’s #MadCovidDiary 2.4.2020 I have been avoiding going into town since I went to the doctor’s a week and a half ago. Today I had to go to the pharmacy for a prescription. There were hardly any people in town and I hadn’t anticipated how strange it would look for the bus station to beContinue reading “Everyone’s sharing (to some degree), a similar kind of psychological pain.”

Unless the cheese completely slides off my cracker, help ain’t coming.

  Ellie’s #MadCovidDiary #Midnight Waffles 30.3.2020 The last few days i’ve been conscious of being very blasé when people ask how i’m doing. I say almost exactly the same thing every time; “ups and downs but, y’know, generally alright.” I don’t know why i keep avoiding giving a meaningful response. I guess it seems a bit futile.Continue reading “Unless the cheese completely slides off my cracker, help ain’t coming.”

Brave New World? #2

Tony’s Photographic #MadCovidDiary 4.4.2020 Tony adds his recent 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. Community Garden: 1.4.202 School: 1.4.2020 Honey Comb – found objects: 1.4.2020 Waiting: 1.4.2020 Passion This work is licensed underContinue reading “Brave New World? #2”

Day 10 of lockdown: Fear

Charlotte’s #MadCovidDiaries Diary 2.4.20   Last time I wrote a #MadCovidDiaries entry I touched on feeling slightly abandoned by services since just before lockdown, even though in reality I can phone my CPN at any time during the working week. As the days have passed this feeling has only increased, in no small part becauseContinue reading “Day 10 of lockdown: Fear”

Immy’s first #MadCovidDiaries vlog is out now!

Immy has recently come home after being on a specialist deaf mental health ward. She talks about unexpectedly coming out of hospital after two years, what it’s like suddenly moving from a deaf to a hearing environment and the challenges of speaking to your mental health team on FaceTime. Immy also reflects how lack ofContinue reading “Immy’s first #MadCovidDiaries vlog is out now!”

Am I the only one that gave myself social burnout in week one of a lockdown?

Human Bean’s first #MadCovidDiaries Diary Week 1: March 23rd to March 29th 2020 This week I went way over the top with socialising online. I think I threw myself into it because it made stuff accessible to me that I couldn’t manage to get to otherwise. Am I the only one that gave myself socialContinue reading “Am I the only one that gave myself social burnout in week one of a lockdown?”

There is no normalcy to reality check against my unreality: There is reality in unreality.

Eva’s first #MadCovidDiaries Diary 31.3.2020 It has been fifteen days since I committed to self-isolation, social distancing or am I shielding? So many terms are flying about, it’s hard to keep up. Changes in the situation are spreading fast like the virus. The thing that terrifies me is catching it, I’m alone and feel likeContinue reading “There is no normalcy to reality check against my unreality: There is reality in unreality.”

Brave New World? #1

Tony’s Photographic #MadCovidDiary 1.4.2020 When the lockdown came in I was already working on a three-year project on loneliness and isolation funded by ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND, so some of the work I’m doing now will be added for exhibitions when this is over, though isolation/loneliness in its broadest sense will not end. I live inContinue reading “Brave New World? #1”

Sasha’s First Collage #MadCovidDiaries Diary, 1.4.2020

Pale Horse, Pale Rider In early 2019 I read Pale Rider, Laura Spinney’s brilliant book about the 1918 influenza pandemic and its aftermath and I’ve been talking about it a lot with my eldest son since we knew covid-19 was coming. I was struck by the impact the virus had on people in their teensContinue reading “Sasha’s First Collage #MadCovidDiaries Diary, 1.4.2020”

Jo’s second #MadCovidDiaries vlog is out now!

Our fantastic Jo’s second vlog is out now!  She talks about her own experiences of OCD and others and the support available online for people who are in similar circumstances.  To end she tells us that the #MadCovid Hardship Fund has exceeded £5000 in donations! This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0Continue reading “Jo’s second #MadCovidDiaries vlog is out now!”

First Times

This #MadCovidDiary is a reblog from @MyNewMummyLife’s awesome blog! I remember the first time I took my son to the park, Seeing the huge smile on his face when he discovered the joy of the swings. I remember the first time he felt confident enough to try out the slide, Seeing the excitement in hisContinue reading “First Times”

Lockdown Week 1: A Mixed Bag

Charlotte’s first #MadCovidDiaries Diary 29.3.20 Hi, I’m Charlotte, I’m 45, I live with my husband and I have bipolar disorder with acute anxiety. This post contains a lot of references to exercise, so if this is triggering for you it might not be the best diary entry to read. It feels a bit weird toContinue reading “Lockdown Week 1: A Mixed Bag”

I realise now how essential real, physical contact is for mental wellbeing

Kate’s first #MadCovidDiaries Diary 28.3.20 I don’t know how long I’ve been isolating for now. It feels especially cruel to be forced into isolation at the exact point I was finally feeling well enough to rebuild a social life and get involved in the community again. Virtual hangouts; WhatsApp groups; online therapy – all ofContinue reading “I realise now how essential real, physical contact is for mental wellbeing”

A Grey Anniversary

TW: Rape Hope’s #MadCovidDiary 27.3.2020 Yesterday, it was ten years to the day that I was first raped. It was weird that yesterday I craved jam on toast, because around the time it happened I was always having jam on toast before school, and if I didn’t go to school, I’d have two lots ofContinue reading “A Grey Anniversary”

The world’s fallen into what feels like a dystopian nightmare

TW: Eating Disorders / Distress. Eleanor’s #MadCovidDiary 21.3.2020 The world’s fallen into what feels like a dystopian nightmare. Everything’s shutting down, nobody wants to go outside, and the tories are actually dolling out cash. Not enough, obviously, and there’s fuck all in terms of guidance or provisions for people with mental health conditions, as usual,Continue reading “The world’s fallen into what feels like a dystopian nightmare”

Through my camera I see things from a different perspective.

Steve’s first #MadCovidDiary 27.3.2020 In these challenging times it can be good to take a look out of the window and realise that even if we can’t go to all the places we want, or do all the things we choose, some wonderful aspects can be found close to home. Through my camera I seeContinue reading “Through my camera I see things from a different perspective.”

Lockdown: Day One

This #MadCovidDiary is a reblog from @MyNewMummyLife’s awesome blog! You can find their amazing blog here TW: COVID and its impact on mental health. I found it really unsettling last night when Boris Johnson announced the Lockdown. I think I’m right in saying that most of us knew it was coming, and perhaps even wantedContinue reading “Lockdown: Day One”

How to survive the first week of quarantine: Emilie’s Top Tips

TW: COVID and its impact on mental health I was only planning on writing reflection pieces about how quarantine has been affecting me, but now that the U.K. (amongst others) has also been put into lockdown, I felt it was important to give others a few tips about how to survive the first week ofContinue reading “How to survive the first week of quarantine: Emilie’s Top Tips”

There’s nobody rallying around for people like me

JoJo’s #MadCovidDiaries Diary 24.3.2020 We live in uncertain times. This is pretty much how my life has been for the last few years. I have been entangled in a variety of austerity issues from a flat that has unsafe cladding through to being overlooked for health and social care. As a consequence of austerity, ableism,Continue reading “There’s nobody rallying around for people like me”