Me & Psych Drugs – Andrea Bates

Psychotropic medications are a contentious subject. There are a lot of vested interests involved. The interests I care most about are the people who are prescribed these drugs. I took a number of psychiatric drugs, in a variety of combinations, for a long time. I don’t take any psychiatric drugs at the moment. If I…

My Happy Kitchen – Sarah O’Connor

A while ago I was having a coffee with my sister and she told me of a Listener article about a British woman called Rachel Kelly who decided to use nutrition to support herself through depression and anxiety. Rachel, a successful journalist and mother of five, spent five years working with nutritionist Alice MacKintosh to…

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…