Writer, journalist, novelist, giver of advice

This is where I write about pretty much everything I love; usually emotion, because I think that’s where we all connect. I write about depression because I have depression, and I think it’s good to talk about it. Sharing can bring us out of the dark and into the light. That’s why I wrote a book about it. I was agony aunt for the Sunday Times for years (check out the Advice page, where you can find all the columns) but these days you can write to me here. I can’t reply to every letter, (I’d never leave my desk) but I will answer one a week and post it. I never reveal names or personal details, so please don’t worry about that, and if you don’t want your letter to be included on the website, do tell me. I would hate to upset anybody. It doesn’t matter whether you want to join in or not. Sometimes, it’s just good to get our thoughts down on paper.


The first essay I was given when I turned up at big school was, “Which is better? Anticipation or realisation? Argue.” That argument bounced around my head for days, although it was probably a question of hours, given the flea-like attention span of an eleven year old. As it was an all-girls boarding school, I […]


Supplements I take that help

In a study published in Phytotherapy Research a daily dose of 1000 mg of curcumin, an active compound found in the spice turmeric, was found to be as effective than Prozac, and without the side effects. As it has very strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, it’s a great all-rounder, even for those who don’t have depressive […]


Sally says goodbye… from the Sunday Times

Usually, this column takes the form of a letter from you to me, but this week, it is the other way around. This is my last column as your “agony aunt”, a position that has brought me both pleasure and comfort. This may seem at odds with my reputation for being fierce, but along the […]

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