You guys seemed to use the BLOG a lot last year, way more than any other single year since I started in 2011 and that was really encouraging on one level. However, I couldnâ€™t help but notice the vast majority of the increased use was down to two things â€”
There are now well over 700 posts on here â€“ many of them saying the same thing over and over again and I donâ€™t under-estimate that dripping like a tap is actually a necessary part of drilling home a message, particularly one that doesnâ€™t always sit easily or appear straight-forward, but the essential messages in this blog are simple:
Iâ€™m going to be doing much less blogging this year: a very deliberate decision because a) Iâ€™ve actually run out of things to say, really and b) I actually do have other things I want to do with personal my time and I owe it my family â€“ stuff mainly focussed on my own health and wellbeing, to be fair. Although I work on this now as a full-time job, most of the blogging remained exactly what it is right now as I type these words: personal effort in my own time after my family are in bed with the dog next to me on the sofa, listening to music as I do â€¦ my â€˜Top Songs 2017â€³ from Spotify, if you must know â€“ the Verve, if you want to be precise.
There simply isnâ€™t much more to say for now â€“ there is only the issue of whether we are going to stop talking about things as much and start doing things some more; examine whether weâ€™re doing the right things and actually bringing solutions to problems â€“ or not. Thatâ€™s not something I can directly influence by blogging the same material over and over again and something as informal as blogging loses impact with repetition, making the same point again and again â€“ so, feeling that Iâ€™ve done my bit, Iâ€™m going to try a bit less before I bore myself to tears.
I was told today that it looks likely my secondment to the National Police Chiefsâ€™ Council and the College of Policing will be extended again so what I will be able to commit to doing is working my socks off at work, as I always have and on here, I will do something I briefly tried before a few years ago: a monthly update blog. Apart from that, I will probably restrict myself to particularly interesting developments or cases, any new legal issues that emerge and some stuff around the Wessely Review of the Mental Health Act 1983 as it unfolds during 2018.
I suppose you can sum up where I am with this stuff by the flippant sounding truism: â€œI can explain this to you but I cannot understand it for you.â€ I think thatâ€™s where my head is, although without any problems flippancy. Thereâ€™s not much Iâ€™m ever asked to explain that isnâ€™t covered on here already â€“ so fill your boots with what Iâ€™ve already done.
Winner of the Presidentâ€™s Medal from
the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
Winner of the Mind Digital Media Award.