Tag: mental health

Posted on: October 10, 2018 Posted by: Ash Brockwell Comments: 0

Why it’s time to change the conversation about transgender suicide

Suicidal thinking in trans people is not inevitable.  It’s not hard-wired into our brains.  It’s a consequence of growing up in a society that dictates to us how males and females are supposed to look and behave – and erases non-binary people altogether.   It’s a result of having our talents and our potential systematically ignored.

Posted on: February 10, 2018 Posted by: Ash Comments: 0

Don’t lose the magic mirror! Why inclusive books are vital for children’s mental wellbeing

Earlier this week, I attended a fantastic conference organised by the social enterprise Inclusive Minds to promote diversity and inclusion in books for children and young adults. The event, entitled ‘A Place at the Table’, brought together publishers, authors and other stakeholders with young ambassadors from communities that are under-represented …

Posted on: January 14, 2018 Posted by: Ash Comments: 0

Battling the `Person-I-Think-They-Want-Me-To-Be’

[CW: internalised homophobia and transphobia] There’s an alien mind-snatcher that’s been squatting in my brain for forty years.  The `Person-I-Think-They-Want-Me-To-Be’ (PITTWAM-2B) is its name, and people-pleasing is its game.  But recently I’ve begun to ask the question: is it me, or the PITTWAM-2B, who’s making this decision? The PITTWAM-2B is …

Posted on: January 10, 2018 Posted by: Ash Comments: 0

Shadow art with trees, land art with keys

Welcome to the wyrd and wonderful world of the Ash Grove! Welcome, welcome, welcome, fellow Enbies, Gender Transcenders, Walkers-Between-Worlds, Wilderness Wanderers, Radical Faeries, Celts, Brythonics, Sophians, Christ-Magdalenes, God/dess-lovers, Awenydd, Bards, Ovates, Druids, Spirit-Keepers, Songworkers, Timeweavers, Magicians, Shape-Shifters, Mischief-Makers, Tricksters, LGBTQ-QIN-DSAP2+sters, People of the Deep Mystery, People-Who-Hate-Labels, and, of course, People …

Posted on: October 10, 2016 Posted by: Ash Comments: 0

Mental health: the way of the land artist

Project evaluation reports provide abundant evidence of the benefits of ‘nature reconnection’ for mental wellbeing.  These include, among many others, reductions in the symptoms of depression and anxiety; an improved ability to cope with grief and to think clearly; greater self-belief, confidence and authenticity; a sense of optimism about the …

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