Imagination, my asylum – Gary Platz

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.” I came upon this quote of Einstein’s the other day. It resonated. ‘Imagination is more important than knowledge’. My mind went back to 1990’s. A period of great turbulence for me, a time…

Poems – Cushla Louis-Carroll

The nightmare Wresting with the demons that live inside my head They come in the night, it’s something I dread They try to remind me of the stuff I’ve thrown to the wind, the boys, the priesthood and the ultimate sin It just a broken jigsaw that I’ve tried to throw away.  But those pieces…

The Mental Health Impact of Hate Crime – LaQuisha St Redfern

Christmas 2016 I had, what I’m calling: ‘a mental health speed-wobble’. Speed-wobble: when you’re driving on the freeway and you’re going too fast. Speeding on a on a motorway. Then the steering wheel starts to vibrate in your hands and you think “I’m pushing it a bit”. The whole car is wobbling, so you grip…

Why Worry? – Anna Jane Jackman

(A short essay about the art of worrying as a millennial) I’ll be honest. I have been avoiding putting on my writing cap for a while now; hoping that if I just don’t worry about it, then no harm will come to me. Alas, this was not the case, and as a result I suffered…

Hard Won Wisdom – Richard Anderson

We are culturally conditioned to feel ashamed of our mental health conditions but I have found that although it is hard work to overcome that sense of shame, it is possible. I have also noticed this in belonging to the peer community for some years now, and beginning to trust the members of several support…

Just Get On With It – Karen Breckon

Just Get On With It. I want everything. I want the Moon and the Sun. I want to drown in my tears. I want to feel the wind and rain start, and still stay outside. I want to blunder my way through to every soft part of my soul. I want a thought that is…

In, Through, Beyond; Madness – Gary Platz

I remember running a workshop in a mental health conference in the late 90’s and saying I won’t use the word ‘recovery’ because I don’t believe the word recovery describes the process. You don’t recover from extreme experiences of what is diagnosed mental illness but you can transcend them (transcend: Latin, transcendere, ‘climb over or…