May I have a talk with you?

Today is ‘Time to Talk Day’ which is set up by time to change who are trying to end mental health discrimination. Talking is an important part of keeping your mind healthy as well as being a source of help in dealing with mental health problems. Even though more people are speaking out about mental … Continue reading May I have a talk with you?

End Of Suffering

There are a few days in the year that are more difficult than the rest. They are the ones that stir my emotions and I don’t look forward to them. Even when I’m trying to be more positive, I’m still glad when they are over. Today is one of those days as today is the … Continue reading End Of Suffering


10 ways to try and escape The modern world is full of distraction. Society is becoming increasingly immediate and people are finding it more difficult to switch off than ever before. From the constant notifications on your phone, the pop-ups on your tablet and an incessant flow of emails, we are being bombarded with information … Continue reading Relax

It Won’t Be Christmas Without You

Christmas can be a testing time of year for our mental wellbeing. It can be stressful for everyone, even those who don’t live with mental illness. There are financial worries about the cost of presents and going out, pressure to see friends and family and overindulgence with food and alcohol. Here are some easy ways … Continue reading It Won’t Be Christmas Without You

Be More Kind

Normally on my way to work I try to listen to a podcast or an audiobook to try and start the day by learning something new. This morning I was listening to radio, which is unusual as I normally try and avoid the news as it’s never good. The main topic of discussion was the … Continue reading Be More Kind

Against All Odds

This wasn't going to my first rodeo. I'd done a triathlon before (albeit a while ago) but as Sunday 14 July was getting closer, it was making me more and more anxious. Training had started well, and I was making good progress but then my advancing years started to catch up with me. It started … Continue reading Against All Odds

The Day I Tried To Live

On Monday night I was faced with a dilemma. For one night only, there was a showing of a Soundgarden gig on the IMAX screen. Normally this wouldn’t lead to a dilemma, but there were a few things to consider; there wasn’t a screening near work or home and the nearest one was in Leeds … Continue reading The Day I Tried To Live

Broken, Beaten & Scarred

It’s fair to say that I’m two from three in the title. The last couple of weeks haven’t been a great lead up ahead of York Triathlon. Training has been hampered by a back problem which has meant training has been difficult. To say that it has been frustrating is an understatement which was epitomised … Continue reading Broken, Beaten & Scarred


It’s been another tough week, but we’ve started to move in the right direction. Like turning around an oil tanker this is taking longer than you hope and much more effort but at least there has been some progress which is better than last week. That said, it hasn’t really reflected in my training yet … Continue reading Stronger


York Triathlon is on the horizon and the days are counting down. Over the past few weeks things have not been going entirely to plan. Plan is obviously a loose term given my history of turning up at events woefully underprepared, but I did have some idea of what I wanted to work on in … Continue reading Endgame