Happy New Year!

  Just a quick post to wish everybody a happy New Year. I called in on my friends in Adferiad Recovery a couple of weeks ago to make a video about our ideas for new mental health legislation: it will be linked on our social media in due course (no Netflix...

Welsh Mental Health Bill

How the Welsh Government could use the powers it already has So the UK Government’s plans to reform the Mental Health Act plod on: a Mental Health Bill is promised but not yet diarised – but it was in the Queen’s Speech so it should be introduced in this Parliament....

Recovery isn’t an easy option

Hospital patients need to be actively supported. Take a look at NHS Wales’ new report Making Days Count – National Review of Patients Cared for in Secure Mental Health Hospitals  – essential reading for anybody concerned about people with a serious mental...

The New Cinderella

Over the years many activists including me described mental health as a “Cinderella” service compared with the support provided for physical health problems. But this description has not been used much in recent years, maybe because the UK and Welsh governments have...

Politely but firmly

This pandemic probably won’t come to an end suddenly on one happy day when we can wave flags and ring the church bells. More likely it will go on at least in the background for many months or indefinitely. I have a concern about that: just how long do we need to wait...

Happy Christmas …and stay connected!

Just a quick post to wish everybody a great Christmas and New Year. This time of year can be tough for people with a serious mental illness, especially those who are in-patients or in prison – and of course those who live alone in the community. It’s a difficult time...

Fair Trade

I support having laws which make it possible in limited circumstances to detain innocent people with a serious mental illness. Why? Because I’m a realist. Society cannot stand by and let somebody who has lost touch with reality injure themselves or, worse still, take...