So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish 

Just said goodbye to my support worker Derek. He has been made redundant and tomorrow is his last day at ISOS Housing – they had a £360,000 cut in funding. He introduced me to the guy taking over my case David who seems like a nice guy. I’m going to miss...

Early Birthday Mail

It’s my birthday in 3 weeks or so and I only expected to receive as usual the one card. Joyce and John, an elderly couple who were dear friends of my late parents, send me a card on my birthday and at Christmas. They are the only people who do so. They have...

The Creative Beast

I visited Chilli Studios in Byker with my Support Worker Derek. I start attending there 4 sessions a week from the beginning of April,. Photography on Mondays, Print Making on Tuesdays, Mental Health Heritage Project on Wednesdays, and Ceramics/Pottery on Thursdays....

Requiescat in pace Okla

Sad to hear of the death of my friend Okla Elliott at the weekend. We only knew each other through the medium of Facebook (and that only from January of this year), but he has been an inspiration to my writing for many  years.  He was only 39! Okla was a poet,...

A Little Back Story – Part One

I was first “diagnosed” with depression when I was 14 years old. I had been my father’s carer for 4 years then. My mother had to work part-time as a ‘Dinner Lady’ as the Benefits System was even worse than it is now. In those days (mid...