Category Archives: Stigma

Springtime and the risk of suicide

I realise that Spring is nearly over, and that suicide attempts will fall, but that does not mean that they will cease. ¬†Suicides take place 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, which is why I feel that everyone … Continue reading

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A cry for help?

  When someone tries to take his or her life, and for some reason, whatever reason, is unsuccessful.¬† It is a traumatic experience not only for them, but also for their family and friends when they realise that they so … Continue reading

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Communication, or Lack of Communication?

Communication, or Lack of Communication? Communication is recognised as an essential human need and, therefore, as a basic human right. Without it, no individual or community can exist, or prosper. We all communicate every day, for the majority of us … Continue reading

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Arachnoid Cyst Awareness Wheel n Walk UK 2011 – Outcome

The Arachnoid Cyst Awareness Wheel n Walk 2011 UK, held in Olney, Buckinghamshire, was a fantastic day, which had not only a marvellous atmosphere, but also a genuine feeling of camaraderie. We laughed and sometimes cried together, as new and … Continue reading

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‘Knowing’ and ‘The Law of Sod’

Two of my poems (I hesitate to call them that, but I’ve been told that’s what they are) in the first I try to describe the beliefs and feelings instilled by the continuous, rapid fire and chaotic thoughts which, so … Continue reading

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The Value of Friendship

Friendship is a strange and mysterious mutual feeling of trust, support and affection between two people, you cannot see it; yet you can perceive it, you cannot touch it; yet you can feel it, you cannot hear it; yet you … Continue reading

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They may be rare, but they still hurt.

The extract shown below is the comment I wrote on the Arachnoid Cyst Awareness Petition to the World Health Organisation asking for Arachnoid Cysts to be recognised as a genuine and serious painful medical condition, which can, and often does, … Continue reading

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