November #4PUF


Time to present my chosen #4PUF for the last month, and they are as follows:

(4/4) Do you know the difference between sex & gender? #GenderIdentity #4PUF When Do Children Develop Their Gender Identity?

(3/4) Do you know what #Hepatitis is, the symptoms and how it can be transmitted? #4PUF What is Hepatitis? Here’s our #EasyRead guide:

(2/4) I’d never heard of #DissociativeIndentityDisorder before – have you? #MentalHealth #4PUF Dissociative Identity Disorder: Can trauma change the brain? – #mentalhealth #mhsmdid

(1/4) Pretty impressive, and rather important at the same time! 😜❤️ #4PUF Fascinating – “Blood vessels in the human heart” RT @LindsayLuvDavisheart

Hope you enjoy! The next instalment of #4PUF will be the last of 2016!




October #4PUF


Here we are again and time for another #4PUF4 Previously Untweeted Favourites:-

(4/4) Do you know what #psoriasis is? Follow @PsoriasisUK to find out more 👍 #4PUF We’re here and ready to go on day two of #RCGPAC with lots of info about #psoriasis. GPs – Come and say hi 😊 @rcgppsoriasis

(3/4) Amazing graphics – as always – from @smizz (student rad of the year!) that demonstrate how easy #CPD *can* be! 😂 @SCoRMembers #4PUF @smizz presenting at @SHU_IPE a different way to produce reflective evidence. #SHUIPEsmizz

(2/4) “stop looking for definitive answers and let your #gender run wild and free.” Interesting read 👍 #LGBTI+ #GenderIdentity #4PUF “Being confused is one of the biggest things (for me) about being non-binary.” writes Vivian:


(1/4) Simple message really 👍 #NotAllWoundsAreVisible #MentalHealth #EndTheStigma #4PUF Not all wounds are visible, but that doesn’t make them any less real. Great art about #mentalillness by @hammolouwounds

Thats ya lot for last month! Tune in again same time next month to see November’s selection of #4PUF!


Ben 🙂

September #4PUF


Here we are again for my monthly selection that is #4PUF – 4 Previously Untweeted Favourites. One favourite (aka like!) from each week of the month that I haven’t retweeted or written about already:

(4/4) Think it’s easy to have the physical body that doesn’t match who you really are? Think again! + the-man-inside

(3/4) Do you know how to sign? Why not learn to ask ?  howareyou


(2/4) I am sure some people reading this either have issues or know someone that does


As always, I hope that you will #ReadLearnShare!
Be happy!
Ben 🙂

#TOTW from 11-08-16 ‘#itsoktotalk’


Well, what a week last week was with the Olympics?! Most of my tweets were Rio-related, but one that wasn’t, got lost, so here it is again:

“Try to talk, it’s not weak whatsoever to talk.”

“On average, 12 men killed themselves every day in 2014. Ambler believes that many had nowhere to speak about their issues without fear of being chastised or judged for having mental health problems.”

This is a truly horrific statistic.

This week’s message is simple. Guys…#itsoktotalk, so please do! Remember, “Try to talk, it’s not weak whatsoever to talk.”



July #4PUF


Something I don’t always remember/get time to do is publish my  4 Previously Untweeted Favourites at the end of each month, but this month I have! It’s a chance for me to pick a tweet from each week of the moth that I have favourited (now “loved”) for one reason or another. They usually reflect my interests, and last month was no different, with the topics being LGBTI+, cancer, mental health and assisted dying:

(4/4) Meet Chalice – the first  superherosuperhero

(3/4) We want to see 75% of eligible people taking up invitations for bowel cancer screening

(2/4) Too many people are made to feel ashamed because of a mental health problem. Our new video:

(1/4) What can other countries’ experiences tell us about what might happen in Britain if assisted dying were legalised?

Hopefully you’ll find all of them informative and fingers crossed, interesting too!

As ever, thanks for reading.


Ben 🙂

#TOTW from 18-05-16 ‘A&E and mental health’


As many of you may be aware, this week has been Mental Health Awareness Week or #MHAW16. The majority of my tweets have been in support of this, and I have chosen one such tweet for my #TOTW because I feel it got lost amongst all the others and didn’t get the airtime it deserves:

“patients with issues have historically not always had a good experience in A&E”

The associate director of acute and urgent care at Birmingham and Solihull mental health NHS foundation trust, Mary Elliffe said:

“There’s been a feeling that people with mental health issues have no right to be there.”

Apart from that being utter tosh, it’s just pretty sad that some people might have those views in this day and age. Mental Health is as equally important as physical health, and so why wouldn’t a patient suffering from an acute episode of bad mental health have the right to go to A&E and be seen to in much the same way as a patient that has gone over their ankle on a drunken night out and hurt themselves? Of course they do, and the schemes above which place mental health teams in A&E departments simply must be the way forward to improve mental health care for the acutely unwell.

Take care folks!

Ben 🙂

#TOTW from 11-05-16 ‘#Selfharm: The 7 myths that need busting’


Choosing a #TOTW this week wasn’t straightforward, as i’ve tweeted about several really interesting topics. However, I decided to devote this weekly slot to self-harm and the two tweets relating to that:

(1/2) “Self-harm is officially one of the biggest killers for young adults in the UK.”

(2/2) “It was a relief. I translated all the emotional pain to something physical.”

The links above contain some really useful information on the topic and the issues around it. For example, one of the myths the first article highlights is that those who self-harm do it for the attention. Rachel Welch, the founder of Freedom From Harm states:

 “There’s a dangerous perception that people who self-harm do it purely for attention.” She goes on to say, “firstly, it’s not always the case, and secondly, there’s nothing wrong with that. “We all need attention. It’s not necessarily a negative thing. If someone’s doing this to get noticed then something’s gone fundamentally wrong and they need that attention and help.”

Click on the links to learn more about self-harm. Not only might you learn something, you might also be able to help others dispel some of the myths around it.

As always, please #ShareAndLearn, or should that really be #LearnandShare? You get the gist!

Ben 🙂

#4PUF – What’s it all about?


Happy Bank Holiday to those of you in the UK, and just happy Monday to those of you who aren’t!

Those of you that follow me on Twitter or Facebook might have seen that I retweeted a number of tweets this morning. At or near the end of each month I pick one tweet that I have liked from each week of the month and retweet them with the hashtag #4PUF4 Previously Untweeted Favourites. Now of course Twitter went and changed favourites to Likes, but hey…i’m not changing my hashtag! LOL!

Here are last months #4PUFs:

Proud to support – the campaign for LGBT inclusive sex education

about . Still working hard to reduce . Download our free for info & tips xgrassroots

: Just 3% of total govt health spending worldwide is for

All I want for my birthday is awareness PLEASE RTpancreatic

As you can see, the topics I like/favourite are pretty much the ones I tweet and blog about. There are just so many good articles out there its impossible to read/retweet/like them all!

I hope you enjoy reading them.

Ben 🙂


#TOTW (x2) ‘#DAW2016’


Much later than usual, but better late than never hopefully! As some of you may know, last week was Depression Awareness Week, so instead of having just one #TOTW I thought it would be an idea to share a couple of the links related to #DAW2016:

How Social Media Helps People With Depression, From Giving Them A Voice To Breaking Down Stigma

“…the more these stories are told, the less likely they are to happen.”

Both interesting articles and well worth checking out if you didn’t catch them last week! Feel free to #Shareandlearn!

Ben 🙂


#TOTW from 22-03-16 ‘Would you know what to do in a mental health emergency?’

Evenin’ all!

So then…would you…know what to do?

This week’s #TOTW is a retweet from the mental health charity ‘Rethink Mental Illness:’

If someone is in crisis, it can be hard to know what to say or do. Our guide can help >

It’s a simple enough question, but is it one that you think you know the answer to? This is a really good guide from Rethink Mental Illness (@Rethink_) on how you can help when someone turns to you in a time of need. It’s made up of some scenarios (based on real life events) and ways you could help…things you might be able to say.

If you think you already know how to deal with someone experiencing a mental health emergency, then great! However, if you’re insure what you could do or say to help, then please take a quick look at this link and download the guide. It’s presented in a really easy to read format and isn’t too wordy!

It would be great if you never had to use this handbook, but you just never know when a friend or a colleague might need to turn to you in an hour of need.

I hope you find this of some help. It’s a great resource, and a handy place to start if you want to learn more about mental health emergencies and the part you could play in helping someone through them.