Mad and Saintly: Mental Health and Destitution

I have volunteered in a Night Shelter for destitute asylum seekers and refugees for five years now. Asylum seekers and refugees often come from countries and situations where their experiences include intense violence, torture, dispossession and, at the least, extremes of fear, where they are escaping from levels of intimidation and lack of personal freedom […]

being normal

For the past few months I’ve been accompanying a young man, originally from Zimbabwe, to the Borders Agency office in Vulcan House, near the river Don in Sheffield.  It is an area that was redeveloped over the past ten years with a host of residential flats and offices being built with river frontage. It has […]