Author Archives: Lol Butterfield

About Lol Butterfield

Lol, 51, is a qualified mental health nurse with a 30-year career in mental health services as a clinician. More recently, he has become involved with working towards eliminating the stigma and discrimination of mental health, which is his passion. Until recently Lol was an advisor for the ‘Time To Change’ national anti-stigma campaign covering the north east of England where he lives. His book, Sticks and Stones, is an autobiography detailing his childhood experience of stigma as a consequence of his father's mental ill health.

What an ex-gangster taught me about standing up to stigma

TweetWhat do a mental health nurse and an ex-gangster have in common? That was the question I was asking myself as I visited the Ley Community, a residential drug and alcohol rehab centre, with Chris Lambrianou, former henchman to the … Continue reading

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Mental health on TV: entertainment vs realism and sensitivity

TweetIf someone’s arm was broken on TV we would see it bandaged up. If someone had diabetes we would see them receiving insulin. If we see someone had a heart condition we would see them wired up to an ECG … Continue reading

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My campaign to change attitudes, one event at a time

TweetWe have just ‘celebrated’ World Mental Health day (10 October). I, and many like me, hope that as each year passes so does the stigma and discrimination of mental health. Stigma impacts like a disease – if left untreated, the … Continue reading

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Campaigning in my community for mental health

TweetEach time I return to my childhood village the memories come flooding back. Memories of football in the street and endless walks along rugged cliffs that are some of the highest in the country. A sense of innocence from another … Continue reading

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Radio raises awareness: The Archers mental health storyline

TweetI recall listening to Radio 4’s The Archers as a teenager on long hot summer afternoons; the “heatwave” summer of 1976 springs to mind. As with listening to cricket, the radio soap helped me to relax and I warmed to … Continue reading

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Social networks and mental health: supportive environment or a stalking ground for cyber-bullies?

TweetBullying crushes a child’s self esteem and confidence. It can leave a child feeling alone, totally helpless, and with no one to turn to. In their childhood innocence and naivety some even blame themselves for their torment. Many schools now … Continue reading

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How the media must mind mental health

TweetStephen Fry’s recent disclosure of his attempted suicide last year highlights that mental illness does not discriminate between the “haves” and “have nots”, the famous and the “ordinary”. None of us are immune from the feelings Fry described. The representation … Continue reading

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On loss and learning

TweetI have lost too many friends and service users through suicide over the past 30 years. We examine our consciences to see if we could have done more to prevent such deaths, that’s a normal human reaction. It’s what empathy … Continue reading

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Self-harm: the power of talking face to face

TweetSelf-harm has always been a taboo subject and in my many years of mental health nursing probably provided more challenges than anything else for me. It touches at the very core of who we are and how we deal with … Continue reading

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Why I always had time for George: older people and mental health

TweetI’m walking across the grounds of the psychiatric hospital on a very wet winter evening and a patient, let’s call him George, steps out from behind a bush to talk to me. He needs to tell me something that he … Continue reading

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