Category Archives: Mental health

LOOKING DEEPER INTO NEURODIVERGENT INCLUSION

Over the last few weeks I’ve been reflecting a lot on what exactly inclusion means, and more specifically how I’ve felt when my ADHD and dyspraxic self have been part of something and I’ve been valued. And the comparison when … Continue reading

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Why listening to young people matters

channeling thoughts about why you could be the change a young person needs… (This piece was originally published on Medium in 2020. I’ve updated it slightly to link to current times, and reposting here… ) I qualified as a youth … Continue reading

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What I’ve learned when neurodivergence has been hard to talk about at work. And the change I’ve felt when it isn’t

I’ve been reflecting a lot recently about careers, ambitions, progression and the goals we all set ourselves, whether intentionally or not. I’ve written about finding an inclusive workplace and the difference it makes when everything feels more accessible. I’m pretty … Continue reading

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The ADHD Battle: fighting for treatment, support and recognition

I remember when I was about 17, staring out of the window and watching the rain on a wintery afternoon. I sat in a history lesson, silently thinking, “what the fuck is wrong with me?.”My history teacher had just come … Continue reading

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When Inclusion Works: a workplace built for Neurodivergent employees shouldn’t be a rare find…

Inclusion is a word that has been bandied around in ND circles for as long as I’ve been on the scene. How do we make sure people feel included? What reasonable adjustments should I ask for? When/should I disclose? are … Continue reading

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So much grief. And a lot of ADHD

This is one of those posts I really really wish I didn’t have to write. I’ve always processed everything in words, writing helps me make sense of things, to join the dots and connect. Writing is a tool my neurodivergent … Continue reading

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I ran the Great North Run! A whole 13.1 miles for Gateshead Youth Council!

I DID IT! I ACTUALLY RAN A HALF MARATHON! I said I would run the Great North Run, I fundraised for Gateshead Youth Council. And I bloody went and ran a whole half marathon. It has taken a little while … Continue reading

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One week to go until the Great North Run!! Thank you all so so much!

It’s a week to go. An actual whole week until I run 13.1 miles through the streets of Newcastle and Gateshead. I’ve raised so far £780 for Gateshead Youth Council so far which is fabulous. I’ve upped my target to … Continue reading

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Two weeks to go until the Great North Run!! On reaching a half marathon in training milestone & running my way out of a pandemic (I really have done that…)

The countdown has really begun, in two weeks time I will be pounding the streets of Newcastle and Gateshead, alongside 60,000 other runners hoping to have a jolly time and to raise as much as possible for lovely charities. In … Continue reading

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Three weeks to go! The Great North Run is very real now…

I haven’t written about running for a while here, because running is tough. Very very tough. My race number arrived this week making it feel even more real. To mark being at the three weeks to go mark, I’ve made … Continue reading

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