Depression – Loss, Rage, Hope


My favourite piece of writing on depression is William Styron’s “Darkness Visible” (Vintage Books, 1992, 84 pages). A first-hand account of what it is really like to experience this life-threatening illness. Clear-eyed yet beautifully written, it has been helping people feel less alone (with depression) for twenty-five years. It has the added advantage of great brevity. Read every word.



Kraftwerk: Wunderbar


Best band ever? Most votes would go to The Beatles, The Rolling Stones or Led Zeppelin. Wrong. The answer is Kraftwerk. Here’s why:

1. Listen to any pop music station; go into any clothes shop; absorb an advert; dance in a club – chances are that the music you are hearing has been influenced by Kraftwerk.
2. Kraftwerk have a European, rather than American, sensibility. There is nothing wrong with American popular music – some of it is great. But Kraftwerk don’t ape Americana, they sing from their own culture and in the process, they influence the culture of others.
3. Unlike the Stones say, Kraftwerk have given to black American music, rather than taken from it. Just listen to any House or Techno. Kraftwerk will be in there somewhere.
4. Kraftwerk’s blend of the folk music of the past with the found noises of the present creates music that still sounds futuristic. The Beatles always sound like the 1960s. Kraftwerk’s time has not yet come.
5. Tired of the chest beating, male posturing of rock? Tired of the consumerism and homophobia of hip hop? Tired of the phoniness of The X Factor? Turn to Kraftwerk – always kind, always gentle, always inclusive, always real.
6. What links Derrick May, David Bowie, Donna Summer, Daft Punk, Afrika Bambaataa, Madonna, New Order, Autechre to just about all the best pop music of the last forty years? Answer: It isn’t Led Zeppelin.
7. “Trans Europe Express”

Read this interesting Telegraph article about Kraftwerk by Paul Morley


Celebrities pledge to talk about mental health problems

Celebrities like Stephen Fry, The Wanted and Rebecca Front talk about mental health problems like depression and why it’s important to be open.

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Alastair Campbell talks about depression

Former political aide and author, Alastair Campbell recalls the conversation he had with former prime minister Tony Blair about his experiences of depression and why talking is important for social change.

Read Alastair’s story


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Ruby Wax

Ruby Wax has experienced episodes of depression for most of her life, but it wasn’t until she finally checked into a clinic, that she realised how widespread mental health problems are: “It’s so common, it could be anyone. The trouble is, nobody wants to talk about it. And that makes everything worse.”

Read Ruby’s story


Stephen Fry visits Bletchley Park

Stephen Fry talks about bipolar disorder and mental health stigma

Stephen Fry has experienced mental health problems for much of his life. But it wasn’t until he was 37 that he was finally diagnosed withbipolar disorder. “I’d never heard the word before, but for the first time I had a diagnosis that explains the massive highs and miserable lows I’ve lived with all my life.”

Read Stephen’s story


Nick Clegg at Mental Health Conference

At the Mental Health Conference on 19 January, held at the King’s Trust, Nick Clegg called for a new ambition for zero suicides across the NHS.

The Deputy Prime Minister spoke about removing mental health stigma and the need to adopt a ‘zero suicide’ ambition across the NHS.

I think….

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