About me

I am Paul Brook. I am a husband, dad, birdwatcher, local panto fool, writer, Christian, Yorkshireman, mental health advocate, vegetarian and lots of other things, but above all, I’m just me. I love nonsense, laughing, walking, wildlife, coming up with ideas and encouraging people. I write about mental health, birds, family life and anything else that amuses or interests me.

As for the name of my blog, that comes from some daft childhood characters my brother and I created. And the more obvious names had already been taken…

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28 Comments on “About me”

  1. Julie Dyson Knapp says:

    Paul I think your blogs are wonderful – love the description of you and your daughter playing mummy nad daddy. DO keep on with it.


  2. Johanna says:

    Paul, it is really great to see someone writing so eloquently about depressions, especially a man. I am going to put a link to your blog from my site, hope that’s ok with you.


  3. Larissa Abl says:

    Hi Paul,

    I work for a mental health anti stigma campaign called ‘Time to Change’ run by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness. We loved your blog and would love to get in touch with you. We will tweet your blog to our supporter network as well.

    My email address is larissa.abl@rethink.org

    Please do get in touch!

    Many thanks,

  4. Tim says:

    Hello Paul

    How do you feed vegetarian kids?


    • paulbrook76 says:

      Hi Tim. I don’t have vegetarian kids so I’m not v well qualified to answer. I’m the only vegetarian in the house. I think there are some good books about good vegetarian diets for kids though. Cheers, Paul.

    • LitLLinden says:

      The “cheaty” way is to cook with Quorn, then you don’t need to make something separate. You can all have meat free spaghetti bolognaise that tastes quite meaty.

      Break away from meat and three veg into stir-frys, pasta dishes, curries, meat free pizza, salads, vegetable skewers. Egg peas and chips instead of ham egg and chips. Improvise. Don’t cook differently, just leave out the meat and make some other flavour the highlight of the meal.

  5. Anna Morris says:

    You’re blog is fantastic, the way you write about your depression is great. I write about mine on my blog too. I only wish I had the confidence to share it. Instead I find it comforting that not many people read my blog, especially those who know me. Although my friends and family know about my illness, publishing it to the world may upset or even disgrace them. And I am unsure whether it is appropriate for those I work with in the Catholic youth ministry world to know about my illness. But well done for being the brave one! I also do panto, a great stress release!

    • paulbrook76 says:

      Great stuff, Anna, and thanks for the huge compliment you’ve paid me by putting my blog on your own – much appreciated. It is, of course, up to you who you talk to about your own experience, but you never know, those young people you work with might really benefit from hearing about it.
      All the best, Paul.

  6. David says:

    Paul – I’m really enjoying reading your blog, which I came across today via Alastair Campbell on Twitter. As someone who has suffered depression, and continues to have the occasional dark day (or week) I find your commentary very refreshing, as it all sounds so familiar – this is very helpful to me, and I’m sure to many other of your readers.

    Please keep up the great writing that you are doing!

  7. Simon says:

    I like this, because it rings so true. You’ve hit so many of my own nails on the head with this blog that I want to say ‘uncanny’.

    Strangly comforting to read a very personal blog. Nice once Paul.

  8. dear paul at the moment i have double depression, i have had serious bouts of depression for the last 25 years .i,m english married to a spanierd and have two grown sons, we live in a small village near granda. we have a small goat farm,but have been in a resesion for the last 15 years .however this is not the cause of my depression.i have cronic agrophobia mixedwith social phobia..i have loely friends here and in england but i,m un able to see them or invite them to my house as i feel so low.i hide my depression well but feel desperatly lonely, iwish there was someone i could talk to over the netand tell my real feelings too,my life feels so emptyxxx

  9. Paul cafferkey says:

    I enjoyed your blog on depression. You described it so well. Keep it up.

  10. Brian Wood says:

    Found your blog via Facebook. Although I am diagnosed as having clinical depression I am beginning to understand that there are underlying issues. Not sure how to deal with them yet but I am also daring to hope. Managed to come off my antidepressant prior to a relapse but I have refused to go back on one as the potential side effects, to me, outweigh the benefits. Discovered a technique in a Paul McKenna book called ‘havening’ that is supposed to naturally increase seratonin levels but, being depressed, have not got round to it yet 8-). Best wishes to you (it wasn’t you inside the panto horse looking for its mother in Tesco’s was it?)

    • paulbrook76 says:

      Hi Brian
      There were underlying issues for me too, and I had counselling, which helped enormously. I don’t think I’d be getting better if I hadn’t done that. For extra help, I always recommend two things – an easy-to-read book by Dr Tim Cantopher called Depressive Illness: The Curse of the Strong, and the Blurt Foundation’s email mentoring scheme, which is free and very helpful.
      Best wishes to you too – and no, it wasn’t, but I almost wish it had been. Sounds like a good laugh!

  11. gerald0123 says:

    Un-diagnosed depression coupled with self stigma ruined my life. As a man with wife and kids I made a bonehead mistake of refusing to accept my illness and diminishing functionality. I just tried to cope, struggle and survive while my world spiraled downward. For those who have symptoms of depression an early diagnosis and determination to stick with a treatment plan is crucial to avoidance of a self implosion of your life as you know it.

  12. tanyakschenck says:

    I have been reading your blog for more than couple of months now and have learned a lot. It is really good and you are maintaining it very well. I would like to submit my post on your blog (as guest post) with my website link. Please let me know if you are accepting guest posts for free of cost and I’m ready to discuss my contents with you, I promise you with unique, quality and 100% plagiarism free content. I am looking forward to get your reply.
    Thank You,
    Tanya Schenck

  13. Lin says:

    In my experience, the gifts you possess are really quite rare in combination: thoughtfulness, emotional intelligence, courage to share difficult times, sensitivity, insight, humour … I could go on but didn’t want to make you blush. It was good to hear recently that some politicians want to put mental health on the same footing as physical health since it’s such a Cinderella – you’re blog very positively contributes to the cause. Just wanted to wish you well.

  14. Matt Doust says:

    Hey Paul

    Hope you are well.

    I’ve just been reading through your blog and love your reviews and what you’re doing.

    I would love to be able to give you one of our healthy loose leaf tea subscription boxes for review.

    Would you be able to do anything around this?

    Look forward to hearing from you.


    Matt Doust @ True Tea Club

    Website: trueteaclub.co.uk

    Email: hello@trueteaclub.co.uk

    • paulbrook76 says:

      Hi Matt. Thanks very much for getting in touch. To be honest, I don’t usually do reviews on my blog. The only one I’ve done was for the Blurt Foundation, where I volunteer, so it was a one-off.
      Sorry I can’t help, but I do appreciate you asking.
      All the best

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