You need something that you can do where you don't have to ask, you don't have to wait around for someone else to help you, you don't have to fear other people's opinions or emotions. You just have something, right there and then, at the end of your fingertips to assist you in staying safe.
As we mark six months of conflict in Yemen, we must continue to call for all parties to respect the lives of civilians and children. We must continue to work to improve the lives of these children so that they can enjoy their childhood again.
In the 19th century it was British democracy protesters being cut down, now it's Saudi bloggers and protesters being lashed and facing public decapitation. With the Foreign Secretary wanting to raise a cheer for British business in places like Iran and China, I think jailed activists around the world are in for a cheerless time.
Without a doubt, we can say we are world leaders in this form of therapy - one which favours talking over tablets, empathy over medication. I feel a great sense of pride in our health and care system that other countries, such as Sweden - often held up as an exemplar of modern health care - are now trialling similar approaches.
The sad truth is that for thousands of people with mental health issues in the UK, there is no dignity. They face services stretched to breaking point and a system which seems labyrinthine and unnavigable.
This World Mental Health Day is particularly exciting for Mind, as we will be welcoming the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to one of our local projects. Such a high-profile visit feels like a significant moment for mental health, a measure of how far we have come in raising the profile of mental ill health, to bring it out of the shadows and into the spotlight.
A great deal has been written about diversity in the Civil Service in recent weeks (not least the Institute's own report on women and Whitehall since ...
A new UK asylum strategy must treat every asylum seeker on their merits, and ensure that Britain plays its full part in a humane international response to the global refugee crisis. We need early confirmation of both. The Prime Minister is fond of saying that Britain should use 'head and heart' to shape our refugee policy. We agree. There is no place for scare-mongering, or arbitrary limits on our compassion.
Tackling FGM might be a slow and long process, but with every lesson learned we'll get a little bit further towards our goal. It's comforting to see the willingness among all agencies in this country to end new cases of FGM. We are certainly going in the right direction, yet we need to ensure that all the willingness and commitment is not just talk...
Now before I continue, I want to be clear that despite some of the pit falls, flying is getting better and is very worthwhile. My love of new countries, people and culture will always beat the fear of flying with a disability.
People constantly ask us 'What can we say to make it all better?' The answer is 'you can't make it all better, but you can be there and you can keep talking about it and let them know you will always be available to listen.'
What is in my heart since this morning is that this is completely unacceptable. How can this happen? What is the benefit of this? Destroying a hospital and so many lives, for nothing. I cannot find words for this.
If David Cameron and George Osborne had been born to single parents living in social housing, perhaps they would look at life differently. Fate saw them born to privilege, but instead of softening their hearts, their good fortune has hardened them and fostered a belief that victimising the less fortunate is a viable social and economic policy.
In my last post I talked you through the Accessible Tourism conference I spoke at in Spain. Now I want to share with you how I got on in Madrid outside of my professional responsibilities.
People in the UK are starting to take an awful lot more interest in where their goods come from, demanding that we know as much as possible about the provenance of our food, and making our choices accordingly. Most now know that eating free-range eggs and chicken at least shows you care that animals aren't tortured so we can eat.
Let me tell you about two places I went to in Palestine to demonstrate the impact of the illegal Israeli settlements of the people who rightfully live there...