Fascinating radio documentary about mental health in the City was broadcast on Radio 4 last night. Presented by psychoanalyst Mary Bradbury she investigated what the implications are for us all.
Louise Chunn founder of welldoing.org has written a thoughtful piece for High50 about why therapy is not just for the young. She writes about what the major concerns are for the over fifties and how they might be addressed.
I was asked to take part in a film about the Barbican and to comment on the community from a psychotherapist's point of view. The resulting film by Ila Beka and Louise Lemoine, Barbicania, is full of humanity and insight. It was commissioned by the Barbican's visual arts team to accompany their current exhibition Constructing Worlds. The screenings were sold out, a dvd will be available soon. Here's the trailer.
The Huffington Post has published photographs by psychiatrist Sebastian Zimmerman of a series of New York psychotherapists' consulting rooms. A fascinating insight.
A good piece by Patrick Strudwick in the Spectator about how to find a good therapist. It is not always easy and it is so important to find a good match.
I was asked to respond to a question for an architecture site, Archiboo, about losing out in competitions. Here's the answer I gave.
Mind charity have started a petition to campaign for more funding for mental health services in the UK. I am not a big petition signer usually but this one seems important to support. Mind provides vital services as a charity nationwide.
Just watched rethink mental health's documentary about Jonny Benjamin's search to find the man who talked him out of ending his life by jumping off Waterloo Bridge. Jonny had just been diagnosed with schizophrenia and felt suicidal. This film tells the tale of two extraordinary men; Jonny and his determined fight to come to terms with his diagnosis whilst also becoming a campaigner to help destigmatise those with mental health issues, and Neil Laybourn, aka 'Mike' who, with his act of kindess and bravery, has joined Jonny in helping to change many, many lives. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ac7MKsj8sWM
BBC Radio 4's All in the Mind Awards are celebrating everyday compassionate and supportive acts by individuals and employers. A great reminder of the power of action when dealing with depression.
Today a new client-centric directory launches on welldoing.org to help clients find the right therapist for them. Philippa Perry, with her usual wit and wisdom, sings its praises.