There should be no stigma to reaching out for help whether for mental health issues, life’s traumas such as deaths including miscarriages and also accommodation issues.

This article from the guardian raises stigma to speaking out about miscarriage.

https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2017/mar/27/why-can-women-be-so-mean-to-each-other-miscarriage.

Apparently some young people rely on what they call sleepovers rather than admitting they do not have a home because of the stigma of being homeless.

Thursday 9th March: Lent contemplation

Amount collected: £2.25

The average life expectancy for someone living on the street is under 50. DePaul aims to get young people off the street before it is too late. I know a little boy turning 2 on 9th March, he shares his Mother’s birthday and I hope both these special people live to see 50 and beyond.

Collect 50p today.

Lent summary so far:

Amount collected: £2.25

For spotting homeless people in Sheffield on Wednesday 1st March: 75p

In contrast I have been in Amsterdam at the weekend and not noticed anyone begging on the streets.

Thursday thinking about lonely places, I was thinking lonely places are not necessarily where no people. You can be alone but with people around you that you are cut off from. Like on streets with people passing by ignoring you. The feeling of being alone would be intensified seeing others in groups that you can not be part of.

On Friday I tried to go in The Greko to pray. I did go in, but you had to pay to go in main church. So I just had to take a moment in the gift shop, peeking into main church.


I have lived in 10 houses and therefore collected 5p for each.

On Saturday night, I had a great lie in in a comfy Ibis bed. I was reading on it when got in so all together was there about 10 hours. I will add 10p as it was all made up for me with all the cushions when I came back to it.

On Sunday night I felt safe in the Ibis hotel bed I was sleeping in therefore collected 50p.