Disability

We need to stop pitying desparate parents of disabled children and instead get to the root of the problem

I've been following the distressing story in the news of the murder of 10 year old Dylan Freeman, who had autism along with other severe disabilities, by his own mother. Its a story similar to ones I have read about before, where parents of disabled children reach breaking point and cannot deal with all the… Continue reading We need to stop pitying desparate parents of disabled children and instead get to the root of the problem

Disability, Mental Health

“That’s amazing… considering you’re disabled”: Disability, ‘inspiration porn’ and how I feel like an imposter

This past week has been "Mental Health Awareness Week" and in addition to all the current talk around Coronavirus and coping with the world in lockdown, the media has been shining a light on the impact mental health struggles can have on our own lives and of those around us, particularly in these current circumstances.… Continue reading “That’s amazing… considering you’re disabled”: Disability, ‘inspiration porn’ and how I feel like an imposter

Mental Health

World Mental Health Day – Why we need to do more than raising awareness and talking about our feelings

This post contains discussions relating to suicide, self harm and other topics relating to mental illness. If you find any of those topics trigger distressing thoughts and feelings, I would advise not to read further until you feel able to. Today is World Mental Health Day, a day to raise awareness of the impact mental… Continue reading World Mental Health Day – Why we need to do more than raising awareness and talking about our feelings

Assistance Dog, Mental Health

Things I’ve learnt in life through training my dog

Tonight on Channel 4, there is a new programme set to air called "Train my baby like a dog" where dog trainer and behaviourist Jo-Rosie Haffenden applies dog training reward techniques to working with kids. Already there have been controversy and mixed reviews about this show - a lot of it probably stemming from the… Continue reading Things I’ve learnt in life through training my dog

Mental Health

#HowIFightDepression – is dealing with mental illness really a fight or is it something else?

Why I personally believe that coping with longer term, chronic illnesses and disabilities is more a journey of acceptance and self discovery rather than a battle to permanently end suffering and pain. A few weeks ago, after months of weekly sessions, I said 'goodbye' to my counsellor as she passed the baton over to me… Continue reading #HowIFightDepression – is dealing with mental illness really a fight or is it something else?