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.”

Brave New World? #6

Tony’s Photographic #MadCovidDiary 2.5.2020 Tony adds his 6th 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 launched a video – check it out: UNEXPECTED Walking in the dusk , airContinue reading “Brave New World? #6”

I keep getting hit by waves of panic about everything.

Human Bean‘s #MadCovidDiaries – Week 5: April 20th to April 26th 2020 TW: Self harm; Alcohol / Sobriety, COVID deaths I feel much calmer than last week. I have had fewer intrusive thoughts about self harm.  I keep getting hit by waves of panic about everything. Today, I was making cornish pasties from scratch, whichContinue reading “I keep getting hit by waves of panic about everything.”

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 feel like the crux of sobriety for me is thinking I’m worthwhile and precious enough to not be harmed, that I deserve to be sober and unharmed.

Human Bean‘s #MadCovidDiaries – Week 4: Week 4: April 13th to April 19th 2020  TW: Self harm; Alcohol / Sobriety I managed to get out for a walk today. I’ve been too scared to leave my house for two weeks, even though I was allowed to go for a walk or for essentials.I’m glad IContinue reading “I feel like the crux of sobriety for me is thinking I’m worthwhile and precious enough to not be harmed, that I deserve to be sober and unharmed.”

Having my treatment come to such an abrupt end was devastating….I was far from stable, and the prospect of suddenly having my support withdrawn was frightening.

Lucy’s #MadCovidDiaries 18.4.2020  TW: Suicide There was a shocked silence in the lounge area of the acute day treatment unit (ADTU): a silence that lasted a good 60 seconds. Then the questions started. Did we have to go home right now? Would we get home visits? What was going to happen about medication management? ItContinue reading “Having my treatment come to such an abrupt end was devastating….I was far from stable, and the prospect of suddenly having my support withdrawn was frightening.”

Brave New World? #5

Tony’s Photographic #MadCovidDiary 22.4.2020 Tony adds his 5th 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 launched a new exhibition – check it out here! Bearly Corno DONT Leaves ExitContinue reading “Brave New World? #5”

I’ve had days where all I can manage is getting out of bed to use the toilet and possibly eat sugary cereal with creamy whole milk in bed.

Sunitha’s second #MadCovidDiaries 16.4.2020  How do I even start trying to describe the last week? Today in particular has been positive but what’s happened in the middle, not so much. A friend of mine today mentioned that our emotions right now are heightened and she’s right, I have had days where all I can manageContinue reading “I’ve had days where all I can manage is getting out of bed to use the toilet and possibly eat sugary cereal with creamy whole milk in bed.”

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.”

Men and mental health: why we don’t engage much?

Here you can read Steve’s first #MadCovidDiaries Blog on the topic of men and mental health! You can see Steve’s amazing photography here. 14.4.2020: Men and mental health: why we don’t engage much? No doubt there are many reasons why this is: fear, isolation, embarrassment, awkwardness, uncertainty, lack of awareness. Without putting myself out thereContinue reading “Men and mental health: why we don’t engage much?”

I need surgery and I’m going to have to wait a long time for it thanks to the pandemic. There’s no support for my mental health over this whatsoever.

Human Bean’s #MadCovidDiaries – Week 3: April 6th to April 12th 2020  TW: Transphobia It’s been a bloody hard week. It was my birthday, which is always a bit weird at the best of times, mentally, emotionally. It’s Easter. I’d usually be seeing my family (which, OK, has it’s own challenges but I really missContinue reading “I need surgery and I’m going to have to wait a long time for it thanks to the pandemic. There’s no support for my mental health over this whatsoever.”

Brave New World? #4

Tony’s Photographic #MadCovidDiary 15.4.2020 Tony adds his 4th 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. Distance Lamp Flagging Hope Shout The shout is really the scream that’s what covid 19 looks like to meContinue reading “Brave New World? #4”

Right now, my anxiety is through the roof: I can feel it inside me at all times and I can see it in my racing thoughts and speech.

Sunitha’s First #MadCovidDiaries 9.4.2020  I thought I’d left behind the enormous amount of procrastination I have experienced in the last year or more, but with all this Covid-19 nonsense, I’ve been struggling a lot with it. Even just putting aside the time to do this has taken me days.  It’s strange how in the beginning,Continue reading “Right now, my anxiety is through the roof: I can feel it inside me at all times and I can see it in my racing thoughts and speech.”

It feels so absurd to sit at home and do activities like this isn’t the apocalypse.

Jess’s First #MadCovidDiaries 9.4.2020 (Jess lives in the US) I have to admit I’ve been struggling lately. I know I’m not alone in that feeling, but solidarity from afar doesn’t make it much easier. I’ve been trying to stay busy, but I also know I’m not sleeping enough. The season change and the big change inContinue reading “It feels so absurd to sit at home and do activities like this isn’t the apocalypse.”

Brave New World? #3

Tony’s Photographic #MadCovidDiary 8.4.2020 Tony’s adds his 3rd 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. Gathering Storm Under pressure Lockdown This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.Continue reading “Brave New World? #3”

I’m feeling quite tired and sad this week. I still feel like I’m in the midst of grief over everything and there’s more to come.

Human Bean’s #MadCovidDiaries – Week 2: March 30th to April 5th 2020  I decide in the morning when I’m just getting up, whether I’ll go outside today. In the garden or out for a walk, I choose normal socks for fitting in shoes or big fluffy socks, for staying indoors all day.  I keep havingContinue reading “I’m feeling quite tired and sad this week. I still feel like I’m in the midst of grief over everything and there’s more to come.”

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”

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?”

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”