Winter News from Lindengate

As ever, it has been a busy and productive year here.  We have designed & developed new areas, acquired new buildings and expanded the service we provide.  The numbers of Service Users (Gardeners) continues to increase, as do the variety of activities available...

Borderline personality disorder

‘One GP told me I wasn’t ill, just a bad person’. This highly stigmatised condition is misunderstood and frequently misdiagnosed. “I’ve been suicidal every day for two months,” says Ali Strick. “It affects my whole life, every moment of every day,...

PTSD ‘a struggle for cancer patients’

A fifth of cancer patients experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a Malaysian study has found. About one-third of these still had consistent or worsening PTSD four years after diagnosis. The researchers said PTSD needed to be identified, monitored and...

Don’t call me a ‘service user’

Please don’t call me a ‘service user’ – I’m a mental health patient. I’m not, on the whole, the type of person who grumbles about ‘political correctness gone mad’. In my opinion, it’s an expression that is often used to justify casual racism, sexism or homophobia –...