Good read. :)
Thanks Emma. I'm quite proud of it, all my own work.
Having been put through 13 years of family court and having numerous proven false allegations against me by the mother, I would say fixing family court to enable both parents to support their children throughout life would go a long way to improving the mental health of many. To late for me and mine but the dangers are still there waiting for their next victim.
Recently our PM Theresa May has been making efforts to suggest ways to improve the tools we have as a society to combat mental illness, especially for young people - decreasing stigma and improving funding. I think this is progress and I support what she is trying to do. I would like for future generations to be taught that there is usually nothing taboo about having mental health problems.
If any readers of this blog/comments have been affected by mental illness and have any suggestions for making things better for people with mental health 'curiosities', please share them here. If people get together, there must be quite a few valid and helpful suggestions that one day might be incorporated into the system.
If you do have any suggestions kicking around in the back of your mind, please do share them. They won't do any good for people if you keep them to yourself.
It's a privilege to have seen your work and having our talks about your writing and life. You have helped me through some of my darkness. Will look forward to reading the finished work.
Thanks very much Ray - it was a great experience to have had you as a teacher too. I will contact you as soon as the book is a finished product. Do you see how I now make carpentry projects? Some of the things I learned at BCOT have somehow stuck...
Happy new year
I think your extract was a fantastic read - I cannot wait to see the finished product - well done Peter. I wish to read more extracts.
Cheers Stu - I am flattered!☺
Stuart - I will put up more extracts, the next one probably in a weeks time.
Wish you all the best in getting your book published. The old saying "It is good to talk" is so true.
Books like this can only help others who are going through mental heath issues. The more people whom are prepared to talk about such, the better, especially when they have come out the other side.
We all need help, encouragement and courage to face our "black dog".
Thanks for the comment Will. It is good to talk. I personally quite enjoy talking about my mental illness, I don't often have the chance, people often feel it's not a desirable subject matter, which I can understand, but mental illness is usually not taboo.
Hi Peter, an interesting read providing a rare insight into mental health issues. Written in a candid, comfortable, entertaining and friendly style, I wish you the very best of luck with publishing and l look forward to reading the finished work. Well done :)
Thanks James. Glad you liked it. The minute I have it published I will be excitedly telling everyone how to buy it.
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I've enjoyed reading the extracts and love the way you have your sense of humour about the whole thing! I know mental health issues are a (very) serious issue as I have suffered with them myself most of my life and still do but that doesn't mean everything has to be so seriously written and shrouded in doom and gloom, if you know what I mean. It's definitely a refreshing change and more writing should be done like that then hopefully more people would read it and then obviously more people would be understanding of it and less scared to know stuff or find it too boring to read about?!
Thanks for your kind comment Amanda. I'm always happy to laugh at myself when I think back, but I still profoundly respect people with mental illness. There seem to be lots of organisations offering help for people with mental illness these days. We are taking steps in the right direction as a society I think.
I have suffered serious mental health problems including psychosis and I also work as a mental health nurse. Whatever your intentions, I do not consider that 'crazy' and 'mad' are appropriate terms to use in any context.
Thanks for pointing this out Umy. I will change the words. I respect people with mental illness profoundly, no offense intended.
Umy, one of the ways my family and I coped with me being unwell, once I had made some progress, was to make jokes and use words like crazy for levity.
I also have and am still suffering with mental illness, the only way I have got through it is to laugh about it and talk about it with my friends. I have been in parklands because of it and came out of it. I have great friends and family who tell me when I am having a Looney tune moment, they know if my pills are not working or I have forgot to take them for a few days.
Sometimes you just have to laugh at being a crazy Looney tune because if you didn't that black dog will bite you on the bum and bring us crashing down.
I loved reading the extracts would be interested in reading the book when finished.
Never give up fighting and never let mental illness win. Xxxxxx
Thanks Carol. Especially after the patient starts to improve, there are many ways to either lessen your mental health problems, or to keep well. I found my group therapy (ACT) sessions at The Bridge Centre in Basingstoke very helpful, it was nice to hear from people in the same boat and to have the guidance of the clinical psychologists. If the opportunity for more therapy arises, I will do it again to help keep my positivity high.
What is your advice to those dabbling in cannabis or other recreational drugs, now from an other side perspective?
Do you believe social media played an important role in your out look on life at that time?
Do you feel that part of your mental state could have been diverted if you had been given tools to help cope with life earlier?
What do think of Marisa Peer and RTT.
I'm curious as though as I have no understanding of pyshcoligy I see so many mental health issues arising because of early life trauma of self image, rejection, confidence etc. So more a social creation rather than and genetic or physiological basis
I never used to believe the whole cannabis addiction pyschosis as I smoked it and was fine so it didn't seem possible. I know that is wrong now from experiences I hear about it. Do you feel this is linked to an addictive personality side of you.
I realise I have just bombarded you with questions. Do not feel you have to answer all or any of them.
Glad you found your light in the dark.
Interesting questions Debs. Most people can smoke cannabis perpetually and not be adversely affected, I was not one of them. My advice would be to keep it to a minimum, perhaps don't buy it and only smoke other peoples. Make sure you don't let drugs replace life.
Social media has not influenced me.
I was lucky to have two fantastic parents, who gave me lots of tools when I was growing up, but I still had minor issues as an adolescent which may have contributed to mental illness, but then again maybe not.
I think Marisa Peer and RTT would probably work well for some, a few people at least. I'd give it a go myself if I ever became markedly unhappy with things. I've had ACT therapy, which worked well for me, but I'm not sure how well therapy would work for the seriously unwell, it's more there to aid improvement, not banish chronic illness.
It takes bad luck to contract mental illness. You can't prepare 100 percent for it. If Negative life experiences build up it can cause problems in the brain.
I don't really have an addictive side to my personality.
Mental illness is a complex situation. For better answers, speak to a mental health professional. They don't talk to their patients because they like the sound of their own voices, they can be very useful.
Try to avoid drugs - choose life.
Peter, How amazing, what hope you can give, and what an insight. Thank you for being so frank and honest and open. And your sense of humour shines through :) It is fantastic to hear positive stories, and from being in such a dark place you can find hope and happiness again and see the light. Well done Peter and please continue what you are doing. I wish you well, and much happiness for the future. Sara
Thanks you very much Sara, for your kind words. It's nice to hear from you. I am currently in a rewrite phase after some good advice from a lady from Transworld Publishing, so I am expecting to have an improved product in a couple of months.
Happy Easter to you and all.
Hi Peter such an amazing book and stories...I too suffer badly from anxiety and depression for approx 5 years now....latest worse fear is motorway driving...weird huh?
It can certainly get weird! I gave up trying to make sense of things about ten years ago. Life is weird, from trying to explain mental illness to things like who built the pyramids. Thanks for your comment Dan, glad you like my site.
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I am honoured that you shared this with me and I would never have known your struggle. Excellent writing and I hope you get your book published. Penny (from swimming)
Thanks for commenting Penny. I'm glad you liked it.
Love heading up the stairs of the Ritz in roller skates, what a colourful vision x
Glad you liked it Chery. It was very funny. Thanks for the comment.
It was great seeing you today. I'm very impressed with your writing / website & hope you carry on going from strength to strength in your writing and positive manner.
It was great to see you Adam! I'm glad you liked my site, thanks. Thanks for doing a comment too, It's nice to get feedback.
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