I originally created Laptop On Tour to capture my experiences working away from home - a long Ghana working for Care USA on a project to create a mentoring programme for programme managers. I grew up with the evolution of emails and the internet, and was once criticised by a 'so-called' friend for sending out a round-robin email once in a while. Fair enough, I thought. No more round robins. Instead in 2011 when I went out to Ghana I created this blog so that people could choose whether to read about my travels or travails. No one had to click, so it helped me to feel freer about writing. Now that I've become an open advocate for mental health support and an end to its stigma, I am now passionately committed to spreading the message that mental health is something everybody has and that people with mental health conditions deserve understanding and support rather than fear and stigma. I use my blog to capture my weekly (personal) experiences of mental health and whatever I'm experienced that week. My hope is that if I help just one person through telling the truth about my own experiences it might help someone else. And, while I hope that happens, I also find it helpful for myself to write about what is going on in my head. It focuses my (sometime) wandering mind to think about my week and reflect on what has passed, and writing gives me real pleasure, and a sense of accomplishment when I finally hit 'publish'!
way away from home - as I took on a project to spend three months in