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.

Losing My Identity

I wrote this post for the website, welldoing.org, which is a fantastic (and fascinating) collection of emotional wisdom and advice. The photograph is of me on my allotment because being a gardener is one of the identities I love Quite recently, I lost my identity, which sounds rather careless given that I hadn’t, until some […]

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Victoria Health

This is my favourite time of year, when Mother Nature wakes from the long, deep sleep of winter. The branches of trees are dusted with fresh new green, and the woods are alive with the gentle colours of primroses and bluebells. There is something so optimistic about the coming of the light, and the understanding […]

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The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up. Mark Twain