Erection difficulties explained

October 19, 2017

  Erection problems are very common, most men can expect them to happen many times during their lifetime.  However, they can be distressing, and sometimes the sign of other health problems. I am asked about erection problems a lot, so have written a guide called Erection Difficulties Explained (downloadable from this link) to help you or your …

Practical help for you and your community during frightening and dangerous times

July 10, 2016

Are local or global situations causing you to feel distressed or anxious? Perhaps you’re at direct risk of social unrest, disease epidemics, terrorism, conflict, or police violence. This might be a recent emergency, or represent historic and systematic abuse and neglect. You may be being specifically targeted because of your race, gender, disability, sexuality, faith, or other …

Agony and Austerity

March 17, 2015

I recently made a podcast and wrote about how agony aunts can play a role in times of crisis, poverty and austerity to reflect back to wider society how these issues impact on people’s lives. This fits within a broader narrative of the advice column/programme being both a positive source of help and a place …

The downsizing of magazine advice columns

March 7, 2015

In a recent podcast in the Lancet Psychiatry discussing advice columns, Anna Raeburn noted the demise of the magazine advice column, alongside the decline of advice giving on radio (at least in Western countries). This has been known for some time, but is put into context by this 2001 historical piece from Barbara Jacobs in The Guardian. Documenting …

One step on from when you called me

March 4, 2015

In this month’s Lancet Psychiatry I’ve written a comment piece Agony, misery, woe: a new role for media advice columns about the history and purpose of media advice giving, the changing role of the agony aunt/uncle, and the agony aunt as witness to the crisis around austerity and poverty and the harms these bring. Expanding …

Psychological First Aid

February 25, 2015

Psychological First Aid, or PFA, may not be a term you’re familiar with, but it may well be something you’ve given or received. The Australian Psychological Society explain it as a “humane, supportive response to a fellow human being who is suffering and who may need support”. And while developed for people who’ve survived disasters …