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September 29, 2019

Two activities undertaken in the last month; one I’ve never done before, the other not for a long time, have struck a chord in me that I can only put down to the impact of my recent experiences in the US. 

The first saw me visiting, after a number of years away; a count...

August 18, 2019

A great friend I met on my journey described his homecoming after a second deployment in Iraq as “crossing a river to join those waiting for him on the other bank”. He went on to detail his emergence from the river, soaked through and unable to shake off the water, cha...

July 24, 2019

It’s hard to describe being in southern Arizona in July without using the words furnace and hairdryer(on the highest setting), but I’m happy to report I seem to be surviving by becoming vampiric in my habits. I limit my recreational activities to dawn or dusk, dash fro...

July 17, 2019

It’s time to put the ukulele down and pick up the laptop once more…and in this ‘episode’ I’d like to start the Alaska tour. So; seatbelts on, hold tight, it’s going to be a full on ride... 

I’ll kick off by saying that Alaska is BIG in every way imaginable. Even in view...

July 5, 2019

Embarking on this journey, I'd hoped to not only be exposed to indigenous traditional practices that might serve to enhance mental health and empower communities, but to also gain insight into how the native culture and belief system itself influences the perception an...

June 24, 2019

A little over a week ago I experienced my first sweat lodge. It was both strange and wonderful and I couldn’t let the event pass without some kind of write-up. I’ve needed the time in between to process what went on and how it felt, as well as to cool down...

My knowled...

June 17, 2019

It’s fair to say that I’ve found myself in some unusual social situations over the years; from crochet work in an Orcadian village hall to stone-cold sober karaoke with Japanese businessmen...but I’ve always found that throwing myself into a scenario, no matter how biz...

June 9, 2019

It’s 10am on the 9th June and I can’t quite believe I’m sitting in Lewis Mehl-Madrona’s living room petting his 12 year old Labrador...

It’s now just over a year since I first came across Lewis’s name and work online. Absorbed back into GP life following my year out res...

August 16, 2017

I’ve now taken my place at my London training practice; hung up my coat, adorned the wall with the world map I carry from one job to the next and filled the drawers with a variety of snacks that will hopefully get me through those trickier sessions.  I will be here for...

June 9, 2017

I had the pleasure of joining the monthly Fukushima University GP training group last Sunday. The session focused on doctor-patient communication and, in part, mental health (I suspect mostly for my benefit). It was a fascinating day and warrants a blog of it's own but...

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