On Wednesday 31st July, the topic for Café Psychologique was 'Loneliness: whose problem is it anyway?' and it was the most popular café to date. We had 48 people come together, in a pub in Surry Hills to share their experiences and ideas about loneliness. I'm often touched by the willingness of people to share … Continue reading Loneliness brings people together
On Sunday, I was invited by Matty Houghton to appear on Radio City Liverpool's 'Scousers abroad' show. In the interview with Pete Price, I spoke about my move to Australia and my views on mental health support, amongst other things. It was an awesome experience going to the top of the Radio City tower (see … Continue reading Interview on Radio City Liverpool
During my clinical psychology training, I wrote an essay on clinical psychology and leadership which I shared on this blog last year. The post quickly became popular and earlier this year, I was contacted by the course director from the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Queens University Belfast to ask if I would talk with their … Continue reading Leadership and clinical psychology
On Thursday 16th May, I presented to a group of peer-workers and other clinicians at The Alfred, Melbourne. The conversation and subsequent discussion was focused on what it means to have authenticity and what implications that has for our work in mental health services. The talk focused on an idea from Charles Guignon that in … Continue reading Authenticity in mental health services
The meaning of life has been debated throughout history from different philosophical and religious perspectives but what about the meaning of death? The topic is somewhat taboo in modern western societies and talking about death can be met with resistance and fear. However, we fundamentally cannot separate life from death as they (along with taxes) … Continue reading Café Psych: Death – what does it mean to you?
A friend recently told me that she stopped listening to podcasts from a number of self-help gurus because she was fed up of 'being told what I should do'. As someone who reads, listens to podcasts and consumes information from a range of people, I can appreciate the value of a good idea. However, perhaps like my friend, I’m often overwhelmed by … Continue reading No more ideas, thank you
The recent 'Leaving Neverland' documentary shared the experiences of two men who were claim they were befriended and then abused by Michael Jackson when they were boys. Following this, a number of radio stations removed Jackson's back-catalog from their playlists and The Simpsons withdrew their episode featuring the now deceased pop star. This raises many … Continue reading Café Psych: Who’s bad? Can we separate art from the artist?