About

I’m Rosie, author of The Wellbeing Wordsmith

This is an online space dedicated to self-care and wellbeing. I write about topics and tips that support my own mental health in the hope it might inform or inspire others too. I like art, films, philosophy and psychology. I enjoy thinking about thinking and writing for wellbeing.

The Blog

Why should you read it?

You might have noticed the Conversation around mental health in the mainstream media commonly focuses on anxiety and depression, often at the exclusion of the more unpalatable expressions of mental illness. Not all conditions are treated equally in the media, nor by mental health services (for a summary of the evidence on the impact of racism on racial inequalities in health care read this). The scarcity of sensitive and realistic representations of mental illness, which can be damaging to public attitudes, needs addressing. But it also means that messages about mental health are one-dimensional, resulting in self-care suggestions that lack ingenuity. There is a need for more nuanced information that reflects the myriad of ways self-care is practiced.

You might be coming to this site having done a lot of therapy. Or perhaps psychological therapies are completely new to you (or you’re somewhere in between). Maybe your brain has become saturated with an overwhelming mass of online content containing the same self-help tools and techniques, rendering them meaningless. I know mine has.

Whatever your particular experience, you are looking for a place where some peer support is mixed with psychology and related to a seemingly random assortment of niche interests with surprisingly broad applications (OK, I’m being slightly facetious here). What we do share is an interest in psychological health and wellbeing, language and creativity.

About me

I am a current student of psychology and I have former training as a mental health practitioner, but I consider myself as having lived experience first (this is the term used within co-produced / peer-led services). This is a personal blog, written and edited by me. It should not replace medical advice about health matters of any kind, or act as a substitute for support – always consult your doctor for this. For NHS advice from Every Mind Matters click here.

“And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.”

Sylvia Plath, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath