SELF-INDULGENT CONFESSIONS OF A BASKET CASE

A frank and full-frontal blog on mental health and wellness. Please excuse my occasional French and excessive use of parentheses.

ABOUT THIS PAGE...

...and the basket case who wrote it

This blog was written by me, Andy, the guy in the middle of the photo above. On the left is my cousin, on the right my dad. At the time this photo was taken, I was already well on the way into a particularly nasty spiral of depression and anxiety. This was my fourth such episode which bridged my 28th birthday. For whatever reason, it was decided on this September day that climbing a nearby hill was a good idea. I remember reaching the top and feeling nothing, and most likely eeking out the strained smile you can see above.


I was then, and am still now, a practising business psychologist and coach who has multiple lenses on mental health and wellbeing. I have come to realise that over the past 18 years I have amassed and internalised a wealth of  knowledge and experience (not to mention opinions) on the topic.


This site is intended as a resource for others enduring mental health challenges and for those supporting them. It is also a means by which to tell my story and continue the fight to beat the taboos and stigma that surround mental health and wellness. I hope you find it interesting, hell knows, even inspiring! 

 

August 11, 2018

In the recent weeks, while I wasn't really ‘feeling my best self’, I found that I was catching myself slipping into certain patterns of thinking or behaviour which can be quite unhelpful. As most of us will know - It’s really quite common to fall back into established...

August 1, 2018

I’ve mentioned before in previous posts that I live with mental health problems and that this isn’t something which is going to ‘go away’ in any hurry. I tend to find that my mental health ebbs and flows from day to day and week to week – much as you might expect from...

July 15, 2018

A few months ago, as I started to gain momentum in writing this blog, I was giving a lot of thought toward public attitudes around mental illness. Probably in the caffeinated haze of a Saturday morning in Ascot, I wrote the following, as yet unpublished, and rather sel...

June 23, 2018

Andrew kindly asked me to write a piece for his blog. Perhaps two months ago. I feverishly got writing and then thought it was crap and a little too preachy. Hence the lag time from his request to this posting. He also gave me some ideas to write about. But I didn’t li...

June 10, 2018

I’m often struck, when talking to people about their mental health, how they think they are the only person in the world who has ever thought or felt the way they do. I certainly have felt that, in the midst of my struggles, I’m the only person in the world who could p...

May 21, 2018

I am a man of vice and in my 33 years to date I’ve dabbled in all sorts of things. Fags, booze, poker and running have all featured among a number of obsessions. None too sordid, some harmful, but for sure I have certain weak spots.

Now, as I ‘blaze’ into my mid-30s as...

May 12, 2018

If you’ve been following my blog closely, you’ve probably noticed that I’ve become something of a keyboard warrior, zealously ranting about stigma and voicing a general state of dissatisfaction with how mental health is treated and discussed in society. You can probabl...

May 6, 2018

Since the inception of this blog, you might imagine the number of conversations I’ve been having has increased dramatically. And you’d be right. Notwithstanding my constant jabbering about it, I’ve had family, friends and old friends, colleagues, ex-colleagues, even pe...

April 28, 2018

When I read Andrew’s blog before it went public I cried. Mostly, to my surprise, when he talked of those who supported him. He said maybe I could write something - so where do I start?  Perhaps sharing my experience might help others in the same situation, or help peop...

April 22, 2018

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