Enough – It’s Time to End the Shame, Fear and Stigma of Mental Illness

Enough – It’s Time to End the Shame, Fear and Stigma of Mental Illness

When I started writing about PTSD and depression, I had three reasons. Firstly, because it was cathartic. It was a way for me to raise things with Kara*, my psychologist, that I knew I was never going to just broach in conversation. I've always been more comfortable on paper than in person, so this was [...]

Close to Home – When the Victim Reminds You of Someone You Love

Close to Home – When the Victim Reminds You of Someone You Love

Warning: this post contains details some may find distressing. On a bitterly cold day in May 2015, a resident of a local beachfront property was standing at one of his windows when he noticed something unusual washed up on the shore. He walked down to the beach to find it was a man, drifting at [...]

Life and Limb – Cumulative Trauma, Intrusive Thoughts and PTSD

Life and Limb – Cumulative Trauma, Intrusive Thoughts and PTSD

Warning: this post contains details some may find distressing. I attended my last train fatality in mid-April, 2015. It happened just before 10.00 am on a Wednesday, when a woman stepped out in front of a passenger train that was travelling at speed between two stations. In these situations, the train driver can do nothing [...]

Shots Fired – the Effects of Critical Incidents on Mental Health

Shots Fired – the Effects of Critical Incidents on Mental Health

Warning: this post contains details some may find distressing. There I was, sitting in the front passenger seat of the div van, senses tingling and yet so numb. I had been separated from the investigation going on around me, awaiting the instructions of the patrol senior sergeant who was attending. Critically, I replayed the incident [...]