I WILL WRITE A NUMBER OF EMERGENCY ON PLANET EARTH BLOGS THROUGHOUT THE TORY SPONSORED CORONAVIRUS CRISIS.
What follows is a random collection of thoughts from a human being trapped in 21st Century British society.
I had thought about ending this series of blogs, but l wouldn’t want to be knee -jerk in my reaction like Boris Johnson and company. I prefer the more cautious and pragmatic approach of first Minister Mark Drakeford.
I have copied the article below from the Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) website. The original piece can be viewed by clicking on this link. I am happy to promote this virtual festival that l hope becomes a regular feature of our calendar, to remind everyone about the importance of independent living to disabled people.
11 July WILD will launch with an online festival by & for disabled people – the likes of which you haven’t seen before! Celebrating who we are & coming together to redefine what it means to be a disabled person in the 21st century. Sign Up. Share & RT
Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/427804564769420/
This week is Loneliness Awareness Week, and we want to start a conversation about loneliness and the impact it can have on your mental health. More people feel lonely than you might think. We need to talk about it more.
— Health in Mind (@Health_in_Mind) June 15, 2020
As a disabled person l can tell you a lot about loneliness. Thankfully, l am mentally strong and resilient. This is fortunate as l have many fights to win before l can reach that elusive state of happiness.
I realise that not everyone is as lucky as me and l would therefore encourage everyone to pick up the telephone or send a message to friends or family that are alone and isolated at his time.
Having said all that, there is something about ITV’s campaign to Get Britain Talking that l find really nauseating. If people to pour their heart out then they will find the appropriate time to do so and do not need to be guided by pebble-brained celebrities during bubblegum TV.
I cannot think of anything more awkward than negotiating a manufactured silence and the only thing that Ant and Dec’s mini break would have achieved, was a mass electricity surge as the nation twiddled their thumbs and put the kettle on. It really was cringe worthy stuff.
While ITV’s message is a positive one that should be applauded, l do think there are better ways to encourage people to look after their mental health and well-being.
If they are watching Britain’s Got Talent , then it is probably too late…