Read about Sonia and her mum’s hilarious antics, where she tells personal stories and highlights the issues of growing up with a mentally ill parent.
My beloved mum used to put on silly voices and invent preposterous names to get on LBC radio. She especially loved Brian Hayes and I was also an avid listener to his show prior to working with him on BBC Radio 2 many years later. I could spot her a mile off. One...read more
Have you ever used the bottom of a glass as a magnifying device? Mum did. She worked out that she could spy on her carers and see what numbers they were pressing into the security locks. And then, when nobody was watching, she escaped. I still feel bad for that...read more
My mum was arrested in 2010 for threatening a violent teenage gang with her antique WW1 tin gun. Yes, really. It frightened them off for a bit, until they realised that she was about to stagger through a wooded pathway on her way to the off licence to pick up another...read more
Radio, whats new? Someone still loves you. Someone? In these days of complex technology, digital life soundtracks and connectivity, we've started listening in our millions to simple voices telling simple stories again. Podcasting and radio in its purest form. Real...read more
It's panto season - oh yes, it is. Come on, you knew I wouldn't be able to resist that one. Oh, you didn't? Oh yes you ... OK, OK, I'll stop now. We rehearsed our panto band last night in our little terraced house - 2 violins, French horn, clarinet, piano, bass and...read more
Driving through London's West End in a vintage double-decker bus is challenging at the best of times, let alone when there are protests and road closures everywhere. Thanks to my inherited bravery from my lovely mum we managed, but it was tight (and I don't just mean...read more
The garden is quiet, the roads are clear, the neighbours are away and peace is here. Aaah bliss. I'm looking out at a rose that I planted in my mum's memory and wondering where this last year has gone. And now - popping into my head are memories of going on holiday...read more
"Kiss my children for me" - the last line of the letter my mother wrote to my step mum just after they'd swapped places in our family. On first reading it's heartbreaking as I cannot imagine what that must have felt like for her, let alone what it made her feel to...read more
Tell your story!
My precious mum, Margaret Beldom, passed away peacefully on 12th November. She loved hearing all the stories that people shared about their own lives with people with mental health issues. A new conversation is starting, and it’s extraordinary. Please read “Surprise, surprise” and share some stories of your own.