Welcome to Life Labs from Martha Roberts
Mental health: what would YOU like to see me write about?
I’d like to welcome you to the mental health section of Psychologies magazine's Life Labs site. In case you don’t know me (which is highly likely), here’s a small introduction. I’m an award-winning writer who, over the years, has specialised in health and wellbeing on national newspapers and magazines in the UK, including Psychologies magazine for whom I regularly write.
On a more personal note, I am a single mum to an amazing son and the owner of an ever so slightly bonkers Norfolk terrier. I love colour (I have my books arranged in colour order…yes, really…) and cheese (if I were a poet I'd pen 'An Ode To Cheese', but I'm still working on those skills).
Perhaps most importantly, in relation to this blog, I have suffered from mental health issues for a while now – I’ve had depression on and off for as long as I can recall and, two years ago, I was diagnosed with a form of bipolar affective disorder. So I’m writing here as both a journalist and someone who may well know how you’re feeling. I like to think this enables me to get to the heart of the matter, rooting out important, evidence-based information but also putting it into context as someone who ‘gets it’. I also write a blog at www.mentalhealthwise.com where I like to gather expert input to help make sense of mental health issues.
Although I write these pages as one of Psychologies magazine’s ‘blogging ambassadors’ and there are plenty of topics I feel need covering, I want you to know they are YOUR pages, too.
If there’s something you want to say, something you want me to write about or look into in the field of mental health, PLEASE contact me and let me know. It may be about depression, post-natal depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar or even subjects as difficult as suicide. Whatever it might be, let me know. I like a challenge.