Monthly Archives: June 2012

Citalopram safety warning


Article in UK Telegraph 9:15PM BST 30 Jun 2012n Safety warning over Britain’s most common antidepressant A warning has been sounded over antidepressant drugs taken by more than a million patients in Britain. Photo: ALAMY By Laura Donnelly, Health correspondent … Continue reading

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Better git it in your soul – Charles Mingus


I am ever thankful to my friend Si,  himself an amazing bass player, for introducing me to Mr Mingus…. git some of this in your soul….

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“bipolar” – or waking up?


Many people who have been diagnosed with mental illness find a spiritual dimension in the experience, especially when they have worked their way through and, looking backwards, can connect the dots between what they’ve learned and make some sense from the struggle. “I can’t … Continue reading

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Jungle Prescription – encore


Here’s a welcome repeat showing by CBC of Jungle Medicine – the episode of The Nature Of Things With David Suzuki about Dr Gabor Mate and Ayahuasca. Thursday June 28th at 8pm Thursday July 5th at 8pm …set your recorders. or … Continue reading

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Hearing Voices: a normal human experience


This pamphlet accompanies the talk I gave in the workshop at the… Holistic Mental Health Conference Toronto, 21 June 2012. pamphlet available here as  pdf:   hearing voices- a normal human experience [25Jun2012] Related articles Holistic Mental Health Conference (recoverynetworktoronto.wordpress.com) Disturbed … Continue reading

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redemption song – Bob Marley


I love this song. my voices love this song – especially the lines on the buttons here. Listening to it is one of the most reliable ways I can use to ground myself no matter where I am at. And … Continue reading

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Mental health issues a missing link in the fight against weight gain


Double iatrogenic, double epidemic,  double trouble – what’s up doc?  SNAFU- that’s what. “You have to care about the whole person, and not just one symptom.” Dr. Valerie Taylor, chief psychiatrist at Toronto’s Women’s College Hospital. …a healthcare system that … Continue reading

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Be yourself – everyone else is already taken


“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” Oscar Wilde Oscar Wilde knew a thing or two about what can happen to those who might seem a little different to  those who think it’s their job to decide how we should … Continue reading

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lust for life


start the day well: play this loud and jump around like Iggy. …works better than a whole sock drawer full of meds  – and the only known side effect is that if someone sees you they’ll laugh their socks off and maybe even … Continue reading

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Stephen Fry talks about his depression – and voices


This one’s for a friend having a tough time right now…. In this clip from the excellent BBC documentary “Secret Life of a Manic Depressive” Stephen Fry, in midst of a black cloud, talks about how he experiences depression – a wall … Continue reading

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