"Mental Health in the UK" was created in July 1998, and played an essential part in my recovery. Initially it was a very small personal site but expanded into a very influential UK mental health sanctuary - one of the first and largest mental health sites in UK to be developed at that time.
The main focus was to reform people's concepts and ideas about what it means to have a mental health issue of any description by informing and enlightening everyone with our creativity, talent and imagination and to provide support and friendship via the social network groups and pages. There is also some informative content courtesy of many of the larger organisations who have produced over the years a fair number of leaflets in pdf format.
While the awareness and acceptance around mental health has changed significantly since my own difficulties in my teens in the 80's, there has been little improvement in treatment figures or money put forward to support services and with mental health beds becoming fewer and fewer, no clear investment has been made in community provision.
The fact remains; we can turn up to A&E, minor injuries clinic etc. for physical trauma, but try doing that for emotional and you're pretty much on your own.
Contributions formed a huge part of this site because it shows the true talent and capability that so many people have. I can't thank enough the people who contributed their work since 1998 up until 2014.
Unfortunately, I no longer have the time to manage the site, but because so much content was collected over such a long period of time, I like to keep the site up as an important record of where I started, how far I have come,the long-term friendships made and valuable contribution by others.
I did continue to use social media until the beginning of 2018, but with the challenges in my own physical health and the significant amplification of negative emotions more than positive ones which is harming society rather than improving it, I spend a lot less time there.
My new Social Enteprise is at MHScot Workplace Wellbeing CIC. Check it out!
MHUK pdf Poetry