This blog is intended as a space for reflection and information. I’m not a doctor, counsellor or psychologist (I have a degree in Social Sciences from Durham University, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism from Cardiff, if you’re interested), and nothing here should be considered a substitute for therapy or medical advice. Unless I say so, I’m not responsible for the content of any external sites I link to here.

Everything here is written with the very best of intent, and every effort to avoid overly distressing imagery. I don’t put content/trigger warnings on individual posts because I think this site’s subject matter speaks for itself, and beyond that it’s impossible to know what someone’s particular triggers might be. If anything here makes you feel more vulnerable, please stop and talk or write to someone. The links in the sidebar and menu are there to help you.

I take privacy very seriously, and will never publish anything that could easily identify bereaved people without their permission.

This site is based in England, and the content and language reflect that. However, I’m always interested in hearing the mental health stories of people elsewhere in the world, or from different backgrounds.

I respectfully ask you to be sensitive and constructive with feedback. If you have an important comment or correction, the best way to reach me is by email, or by commenting on the blog. 

You may sometimes see small adverts at the bottom of blog posts. These are WordPress’s doing. Apologies in advance for any that might be inappropriate – algorithms can be cruel.

Twitter: I love Twitter, but I don’t get into rows or over-long discussions on it. I follow all sorts of people, but I like to see the most from people I’m closest to or have met ‘in real life’ on my timelines, so if I don’t follow back or unfollow you it’s probably nothing personal.