Pinned toot

My toot!

I'm Andy and I'm the admin of

My interests are covered in my profile. On I've briefly known the Black Dog in the past and work hard to keep him on a leash. My wife lives with bundled with and (though has a grip on all of them) and her illnesses are one of the things that drive me to be so passionate about support and care. Which is why I set up this Masto instance; a safe place to socialise and chat. πŸ‘

@Stephen Thanks for the follow Stephen - welcome to the Fediverse!

Sorry for the lack of my usual spammy toots, all. Monday's counselling was positive but my head is a bit bouncy with things that came up. Normal service will resume in due course.

Cue a picture of a tubby middle-aged nerd playing noughts and crosses on a blackboard, with a weird clown doll watching on.

Help request, Matrix/ 

Woke at 5am though I suspect I'll drop off again. Some of the things I discussed in my first therapy session are REALLY in my head. Whole new ways of looking at the past four years (and in part, the problematic decade that came before). Things that make me feel...valid (?)

This is weird and positive and quite scary. I kind of feel like crying. I feel less angry. Or maybe, I understand that the anger is meaningless and I can use that energy more positively elsewhere, including for myself.

It might be nice to outsource my social media to India, they can filter out the low quality memes, the hate and shitposts, then send me a weekly summary to my email. If that works it then they can interact with my friends pretending to be me, wish then happy birthday and congratulations for major life events. If I get invited to something they can let me know and book it into my calendar. If that works out then maybe one of them can come over here and do all that irl too. Living the dream then

Meditate for 10 minutes. Try a guided meditation if you have trouble staying focused.

Anyone here have experience with the #meditation system detailed in The Mind Illuminated? Looking to renew and advance my practice. Pros and cons? #Buddhism #neuroscience #TMI #Culadasa #TheMindIlluminated #Dharma

I start seeing a counsellor tomorrow. It's almost four years since "stuff happened" and I lived and worked through some frankly horrifying shit. I'm not looking forward to revisiting it with a stranger, even though I've played out that exact scenario, with hope, in my head for a long time.

Putting all my mindfulness skills to use at the moment and have been distracting myself all day. It'll be fine, I'm sure. It's just a bit scary. πŸ˜•

Today has not been a good day.

*grumps in Gen-X*

Password manager poll! Don't vote if you don't use one in this case

In the kitchen, listening to Floyd and boiling the shit out of all the fruit I can find that looks like it going off.

I should get my guitar and...jam along.


When you're working on your and realise it's going to be even more leftie than you initially imagined...

If you haven't read Susan Fowler's post about her year at Uber in the last few months... please, please do take the time to read it again. Our industry is broken.

I managed a little writing tonight, though not much. Things are falling into place and the game feels tighter with each iteration, but it's a little frustrating that I'm tired and often too dulled by Brain Fog to write much. This will be something I'll mention to my counsellor.

Be the change you want to see .....

Starting a is easy - a few clicks. But maintaining it will be hard.
It would need to have the right tone and be moderated to keep that.
It would need rules about what cannot be discussed / shown.
But it would need to be welcoming and safe for us - people with mental health issues.

I'd like to start one but I can't do this on my own.

Interested in helping? Or if you want to take the lead I'm happy to join.

That Buddha is You 

Back to work today, after two weeks off. I'm looking forward to it, as its been somewhat of a deflated couple of weeks (although I enjoyed spending time with @Jo and the boys immensely).

Anyone know of channels- or - for those of us with issues? Preferably not occupied by kids.

I can't find any, let alone anything that comes close to catering for those of us with or


"e's got a right cob on." is my favourite line from Peterloo so far. πŸ˜‚ I'm enjoying the film immensely, both for its historical and political accuracy, as well as attention to detail. I think I've mentioned before that The Peterloo Massacre is something of a minor, historical obsession of mine.

Show more
Mental Health dot Social

A safe, social, virtual space for anyone interested in mental health and its issues. Whether you're a service user, someone with lived or living experience or a mental health professional, feel free to join, hang out and chat about anything.

Non-judgemental, open-minded and with a zero-tolerance policy on abusive behaviour, harassment and discrimination.

If you are experiencing a suicidal crisis, please call one of the numbers below and talk to someone - they will be able to help.