Erica’s writing


Erica writes for both print and online – including The New York Times… here’s a sample of her writing:

Catch the wellbeing benefits of the outdoors with fishing therapy, Happiful, October 2022

The EV transition is coming to campervans, The Daily Telegraph, October 2022

How to help people in a psychotic crisis, Los Angeles Times, September 2022

The global photography project that promotes a calm mind, Happiful Magazine, August 2022

8 myths about schizophrenia that are simply untrue, Happiful Magazine, July 2022

Top tips for flying when you have a mental illness, Happiful Magazine, May 2022

I haven’t used an iron in over 3 years – here’s what I do instead, The Daily Telegraph, March 2022

Soothing sight of cats and dogs, The Mail on Sunday (health note), March 2022

At 40, I want to buy the car of my dreams, and here’s why more midlife women should too, The Daily Telegraph, August 2021

How I bought a home on an income of £16K, The Times, July 2021

I’m not getting married, but I’m buying a wedding dress anyway, The Daily Telegraph, June 2021

What the campervan lifestyle is really like (and it’s not just for the young), The Daily Telegraph, May 2021

Driving the dream, where understated style is very much in Vogue, The Daily Telegraph, March 2021

Being told I have schizophrenia was terrifying, it shouldn’t be, Stella Magazine, September 2020

The Syrian psychologist using first hand experience to help refugees, GQ Middle East, September 2020

My experience of psychosis and tips to help others, Welldoing, August 2020

8 psychosis myths debunked, Happiful Magazine, June 2020

Driving with a mental illness, The Daily Telegraph, June 2020

Why ‘crazy cat ladies’ are healthier than you may think, Wellcome Collection, May 2020

The beautiful and the curious: artwork of ocular pathologies, Ophthalmology Times Europe, May 2020

How hip-hop can save your mental health, Wellcome Collection, October 2019

Deafblind charity gets support from trendy Shoreditch UK art collective, Ophthalmology Times Europe, September 2019

My cats have taught me more about true love than any man, Metro, June 2019

How writing helps me manage schizophrenia, Wellcome Collection, March 2019

A small benefit from Brexit to Commonwealth ophthalmologists, Ophthalmology Times Europe, March 2019

The NHS saved me from suicide 10 years ago. It wouldn’t happen today, Metro UK, December 2018

My creative approach to schizophrenia, The New European, November 2018

Could a break-up holiday with your ex be the perfect way to get closure? Metro UK, October 2018

Could Instagram be the key to career success? Ophthalmology Times Europe, April 2018

Painting a picture for brain-related vision problems, Ophthalmology Times Europe, February 2018

Can we overcome childhood adversity?, Metro UK, December 2017

Can religion actually help you recover from mental illness?, Metro UK, December 2017

10 things that will help you back to work if you’ve been off with a mental illness, Metro UK, October 2017

Bringing my own kind of madness to the Office, The New York Times, September 2017

I have schizophrenia: here are 10 things I can’t live without, Metro UK, June 2017

Why wasn’t I arrested for my crimes? June 2017, Chat it’s fate

HEAD SPACE: secretly recording conversations & believing she would see God, one writer reveals what it was like to be in the grip of psychosis at age 22, April 2017, Fabulous Magazine

How blogging can help improve your mental health & your bank balance, March 2017, Metro UK

5 unusual ways to improve your mental health, March 2017, Metro UK

It’s time to get creative and make a film about mental health, March 2017, Positively Scottish

It’s Fandabby – tackling mental health through colourful T-shirts, February 2017, Positively Scottish

How my working class background has held me back more than my mental health issues, February 2017, Metro UK

Why schizophrenia need not rob us of a life in academia, The Guardian, February 2017

To the batcave, Published in The Lancet Psychiatry, December 2016

Football therapy, Published in The Lancet Psychiatry, December 2016

MRI scans may give early Alzheimer’s alert (scroll to the box at the bottom of the page), The Mail on Sunday, November 2016

14 of the best mindfulness retreats, Metro UK, August 2016

14 things you only know if your parents split up, Metro UK, August 2016

Ray of Light, Published in The Lancet Psychiatry, July 2016

Occupational therapy on a forensic ward, Published in The Lancet Psychiatry, January 2016

Learned Recovery – Published in The Lancet Psychiatry, December 2015

First aiders for the mind help beat a mental health crisis, Published in the Mail on Sunday, December 2015

14 things not to say to someone with schizophrenia, Published in Metro UK, November 2015

15 things to know before dating someone with schizophrenia, Published in Metro UK, November 2015

12 things you only know if you have schizophrenia, Published in Metro UK,  October 2015

Hands on Healing – Published in Psychologies September 2015

Facing the Axe: The Recovery Colleges That Prevent Mental Health Crisis – Published in the Mail on Sunday

Healthy twitter – published in Healthy magazine

Sure of you – published in The Lancet Psychiatry

Light on the Darkness – published in Times Higher Education Supplement

Yes, You Can Always be Happy! – published in the Mail on Sunday

I’m Mad, Not Bad – published in the Independent

Compassion Focused Therapy Teach Sufferers to be Kind to Themselves – published in the Mail on Sunday

Am I Crazy to want a Baby when I’m Schizophrenic? – published in the Mail on Sunday

Academics Fall Short on Mental Health – published in Disability Now

Come fly with me, The Guardian, February 2011

Aspirin piece in MoS – Published in the Mail on Sunday

open-mind-2 – Published in Open Mind

Once dismissed as pretentious but now brain scans prove Eastern philosophies can treat mental illness – published in the Mail on Sunday

Single Female Writer, 31, GSOH, Schizophrenic, WLTM Similar – published in the Mail on Sunday