There’s something special about volunteering.

Jo’s #MadCovidDiaries 20.7.2020 Jo’s 18th vlog is out now!  Jo vlogs from the foodbank this week. She talks about her work and the importance of volunteering to her mental health. 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 duringContinue reading “There’s something special about volunteering.”

I’m in quarantine. It’s not a good place to be, because its scary, plagues are scary. Government needs to take responsibility for putting our lives in danger.

Michelle‘s @DyslxicRant’s #MadCovidDiaries Michelle has been creating vlogs about her experiences of COVID19 during Lockdown. Here you can catch up on some! We hope to feature more of Michelle’s work over the next few weeks. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. We ask that you seek our permission beforeContinue reading “I’m in quarantine. It’s not a good place to be, because its scary, plagues are scary. Government needs to take responsibility for putting our lives in danger.”

There are lots of things I can’t do. I don’t get to drink, I don’t get to miss sleep…I’ve had to make big decisions about my life.

Jo’s #MadCovidDiaries 16.7.2020 Jo’s 17th vlog is out now!  Jo speaks about having difficulty sleeping at the moment, which is a big warning sign for her. She also reflects on all the things she has to do just to stay well and the big decisions she’s had to take in life to stay well. She’sContinue reading “There are lots of things I can’t do. I don’t get to drink, I don’t get to miss sleep…I’ve had to make big decisions about my life.”

The #MadCovidFund is nearly at 20K!

Jo’s #MadCovidDiaries 29.6.2020 Jo’s 15th vlog is out now!  Jo reflects on her friendships and relationships with others, as someone who is in a long-term relationship. She gives us an update about the #MadCovidFund which is nearly at 20K! If you’ve enjoyed this vlog, please consider donating to our Hardship Fund for people with aContinue reading “The #MadCovidFund is nearly at 20K!”

Identifying with, and belonging to groups is important to me

Jo’s #MadCovidDiaries 22.6.2020 Jo’s 14th 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. WeContinue reading “Identifying with, and belonging to groups is important to me”

I really miss hugging people

Jo’s #MadCovidDiaries 15.6.2020 Jo’s 13th vlog is out now!  Jo reflects on the previous week which has been difficult. She talks about her friend who has recently died and the emotional labour that goes into Zoom and Skype meetings. Jo misses her family and friend and her dog in particular! Jo did another diary entryContinue reading “I really miss hugging people”

You’re not a Mental Health Activist in any sense if you’re not intersectional

Jo’s #MadCovidDiaries 8.6.2020 Jo’s 12th 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. WeContinue reading “You’re not a Mental Health Activist in any sense if you’re not intersectional”

We need to amplify black voices right now

Jo’s #MadCovidDiaries 1.6.2020 Jo’s 11th vlog is out now!  Jo reflects on the international events of last week and hopes that this might spark a change. She highlights the importance of amplifying black voices during this time. If you’ve enjoyed this vlog, please consider donating to our Hardship Fund for people with a mental healthContinue reading “We need to amplify black voices right now”

I’m amazed at the brass neck on Johnson. It’s like being in some George Orwell novel.

Jo’s #MadCovidDiaries 25.5.2020 TW: Swearing. Jo’s tenth vlog is out now!  Jo is not happy about Dominic Cummings’ antics in Durham when he should have been adhering to the lockdown and then using Autism as a defence. She’s also not happy with the way Boris Johnson has stood by him. On a positive note, she’sContinue reading “I’m amazed at the brass neck on Johnson. It’s like being in some George Orwell novel.”

#MentalHealthAwarenessWeek2020: I find the whole thing extremely hollow

Jo’s #MadCovidDiaries 18.5.2020 TW: Swearing. Jo’s ninth vlog is out now!  Jo critiques mental health awareness week and doesn’t hold back! She speaks about celebrities and organisations who use it to promote themselves and workplaces who place the onus for dealing with mental health on the individual rather than making workplaces healthier. As Jo say’sContinue reading “#MentalHealthAwarenessWeek2020: I find the whole thing extremely hollow”

COVID19: When it’s someone you know it becomes personal.

Jo’s #MadCovidDiaries 11.5.2020 TW: COVID death, swearing. Jo’s eighth vlog is out now!  Jo’s out in the park on her daily permitted exercise. She talks about how angry and sad she’s feeling after hearing of the death of one of her work colleagues, particularly after Boris Johnson’s announcement on Sunday the 10th of May. SheContinue reading “COVID19: When it’s someone you know it becomes personal.”

Squabbling and factions get in the way of progress!

Jo’s #MadCovidDiaries 4.5.2020 Jo’s seventh vlog is out now!  Jo talks about how p*ssed off she is about the factions and squabbling, particularly on twitter. She mentions a recent blog she published with others on @MadCovid in response to an article in the Guardian, which has had a lot of attention. On a positive note,Continue reading “Squabbling and factions get in the way of progress!”

I’m a little sick of lockdown, the novelty has worn off.

Jo’s #MadCovidDiaries 27.4.2020 Jo’s sixth vlog is out now!  Jo talks about missing her yearly trip to see her mum and her nephew in Wales for their birthdays, which she’s found hard. She also hasn’t heard about her shifts at the foodbank this week, which has been a bit unsettling as they give her structureContinue reading “I’m a little sick of lockdown, the novelty has worn off.”

Feeling like a fraud: Do I still qualify as mad?

Jo’s fifth vlog is out now!  She talks about feeling like a fraud ‘mental’ because its been 3 years since she was very unwell. However, she tells us about all the things she has to do to stay well, like sleeping and eating well, not drinking alcohol and taking medication. Jo hope to hear aboutContinue reading “Feeling like a fraud: Do I still qualify as mad?”

Guilt: Why am I not feeling worse?

Jo’s fourth vlog is out now!  She talks about the long weekend being a challenge for her, especially with waiting to hear about whether she’ll be furloughed. She talks about feeling guilty, knowing that she is doing ok and others are struggling with their mental health. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivativesContinue reading “Guilt: Why am I not feeling worse?”

I’ve got a bit of fire in my belly today!

Jo’s third vlog is out now!  She updates us on her activities this week at the food bank, and the progress of the #MadCovid hardship fund which is getting more and more applications. Jo highlights that Wales does not have a vulnerable list like England to allow people like her Mum to have priority shoppingContinue reading “I’ve got a bit of fire in my belly today!”

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!”

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!”