Psycho-Logical: many mental health posts

So, I have another book out. This one is an Audible exclusive audiobook, and it’s the thing I’ve been wanting to write for some time.

It’s called Psycho-Logical, and it’s all about mental health. As in, the underlying science and understanding of mental health. It’s my effort to answer all the important questions which often go overlooked or ignored.

We’re repeatedly told they are, but why are depression, anxiety so common?

What’s going on in the brain to produce and sustain mental health problems?

Why are drugs and other therapies effective? And when they’re not, why aren’t they?

All this and more, is stuff I’ve tried to answer in this book, read in the dulcet tones of Matt Addis (my usual audiobook narrotor) with contributions from many good friends, discussing their own issues and experiences, to give a personal, subjective take too.

In light of this, I ended up writing a lot of stuff about mental health in the buildup to and the days after release of the book, some of which was made up part of a ‘blog tour’, which wasn’t a thing I was aware of before but am very happy to learn about.

So, here’s the list of my recent mental health pieces, with some reviews and Q&As thrown in for good measure.

The link between stress and depression … and the 10 simple words that could help – A longread for The Observer

Awareness and Beyond: Why Mental Health Should Never be Ignored – On the importance of acknowledging mental health problems, particularly for men, for Malestrom

Raising awareness of mental health is all well and good, but the hows and whys are important too – For BBC Focus magazine/website

‘Spreading the word about mental health, accurately, compassionately… that’s a priority of mine’ – A Q&A with The Psychologist

10 Things I’d like my readers to know about me, by Dean Burnett Fun listicle for

Karen Reads And Recommends – A review of Psycho-Logical

Experience versus expertise when writing about mental health – Guest post for LizLovesBooks

MENTAL HEALTH, BUT NOT MENTAL ‘ILLNESS’? – Guest post on the language of mental health, for ThePewterWolf

Staying in with Dean Burnett – Q&A mixed with Guest Post for Linda’s book bag

“Audio Books: A Better Format for Mental Health?” – A guest post about the opportunities of alternative book formats for My Reading Corner

HayleyReviews10 – Q&A with book blogger Hayley

To Listen to this Book or Not? A no-brainer! – A (very positive) review from Chocolate ‘n’ Waffles

That’s about it for now, will add more as and when they go up.

Brain Yapping – The PODCAST!

Not content with sticking to written mediums, Dean Burnett also does a podcast with his good friend and journalist Rachel England. Brain Yapping – The Podcast, shares a title and hosts with his popular blog for the Cosmic Shambles network

Each of the 12 episodes is an unplanned and unscripted attempt to explore how the brain works in everyday situations. First episodes available on January 28th, 2019.

The full first series is available online now at the Cosmic Shambles network.

Other links

Spotify  Soundcloud  Apple Podcasts  RSS

For more information, check out the video below where Dean and Rachel try (and mostly fail) to explain what it’s all about

New blogs and pastures greener

A short post, but a necessary one.

Presumably anybody who follows my work and output will a) have questionable judgement when it comes to how to spend their time, and b) already be aware that after 6 years on the Guardian website, the Brain Flapping blog is no more.

Not a decision I claim to agree with, but the whole science blog network is ending at the end of August 2018. It’ll still be there on the site, but it won’t be updated any more.

Not to worry though, as myself and several other members of the network have been snapped up by the new Cosmic Shambles network, launching September 4th, 2018. I’ll be doing my new Brain Yapping blog there, because why tamper with a known formula? It’s pretty much the same stuff as before, but now with more freedom and flexibility in terms of style and content, so it will probably be even weirder and dafter overall. So that’s nice.

Anyway, that’s a thing that’s happening now. More announcements coming soon.