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.”

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”

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”

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”