Category Archives: Mental Health

Never Leave Home Without Your Troubled Teen.

Being a mother is a struggle between wanting to care for your children, whilst at the same time, trying to preserve your own identity and continuing to develop as a person.  Many people, including my parents, have thought, wrongly, that … Continue reading

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All Change …

During my first year of the M.A. in Contemporary Fine Art at Salford, we heard the news that all the art courses would be moving away from Irwell Valley. Bob was fortunate in that he had completed his M.A. course … Continue reading

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Light at the end ….

The summer of 2007 was spent showing people around the exhibition, working in the fibre room on the felting machine or sewing machines, or in the wood workshops making new stretchers with Bob. I had persuaded him to start making … Continue reading

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Stars

My time at uni passed all too quickly.  Before I knew it, I was already in the second year of the degree.  In the first year, I had a lovely wall space, where I could display my work.  It was … Continue reading

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Pre-cruise Blues!

Sometime before going on the cruise, Bob was experiencing some issues at the new shared house.  At first, on the surface,  all was well.  There were barbecues in the summer and the residents were invited to be guests at a … Continue reading

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Art Immersion

Getting ready for the cruise, we bought some new outfits and thought we looked quite smart.  We were not expecting to sit around the swimming pool all day, wallowing in the sunshine, and, as it happened, the pool was full … Continue reading

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Post Trauma

The days following my husband’s death were difficult, as you might imagine.  Most of the time I was seeing through bloodshot eyes.  My puffed-up face was not pretty, either.  I lost almost 3 st. (40 lb.) in weight within the … Continue reading

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Let’s Get This Into Perspective!

I was thinking recently of the reasons why Schizophrenia is so difficult to accept as a diagnosis.   A local family had suffered much greater trauma than ours, when their son had a terrible motorcycle accident in a foreign country, … Continue reading

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New Day!

From a single bedroom in the adult psychiatric unit to a shared space in a bedroom for four troubled teenagers, my son, Bob, found it hard to adjust at first.   My husband and I were given a lightning tour … Continue reading

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