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Whitchurch bolts its rusty doors for the last time. I’ve been full of words about Whitchurch for years and recently I have spouted many words in celebration of its replacement. Today I find I have no words. I’ll leave it …

And it is gone. Read More »

Scroll down this page for interviews. Radio Wales – ‘Good Morning Wales’ on 17 March 2016. The interview is 50.18 minutes in. Share This:

Today is one of those days you think will never actually come. But it is here and Hafan y Coed has been officially opened. This is the transcript of what I said at the opening: A few years ago I …

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The government provides a variety of services in return for our taxes. There are words to describe us when we make use of these: when we walk along a pavement we are ‘pedestrians’, when we drive (chance would be a …

Services and making use of them… Read More »

I’m glad Professor Ian Jones got the BBC gig advising Eastenders on the postpartum psychosis storyline. He’s a lovely man and a key expert. I’ve been moved by the loyalty shown by the character of Martin, the friendship of the …

Stacey and co… Read More »

I have enormous respect for everyone involved in this programme. The women, their partners and parents, the doctor, nurses and BBC producers have created something new and important: an honest, sensitive and informative portrayal of mental illness and recovery. This …

postpartum psychosis BBC documentary Read More »

Not long ago, a group of patients were shown around the site of the new psychiatric hospital at Llandough, which is planned to replace Whitchurch and the Llanfair unit in April. It is full of light and everyone can go …

from the worst psych hospital in the UK to the best! Coming soon! Read More »

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This post is not about any individual. All the doctors and nurses involved were professional and kind in their work. A few weeks back, I was incoherent with a Bipolar episode. I made my way to the GP surgery and …

Reflections on health emergencies Read More »

I was having too much fun. Pride comes before a fall. Etcetera. I worked so hard on exercises to make my lower back flexible for my backswing that my muscles seized up and one day I had no backswing. I was …

the opposite of flying Read More »