The editor’s talks about mental health, a subject that affects us all in some way
Yet again I find myself indebted to Charlie Portlock for another of his extraordinary articles (p80), this month addressing a very difficult and distressing topic. The subject of mental health issues is taboo to many people, but it’s a hard fact that millions of people suffer every day, and like Charlie, I’ve had my struggles in the past. Loneliness, anxiety and depression in all its many forms can affect anybody, yet few of us feel able to discuss it openly, preferring to keep it all bottled up inside. Getting out and about with like-minded people is a great way to combat these painful feelings, alongside some gentle exercise, just as Charlie suggests. By a happy coincidence, Jamie Chandler’s article is about his local gun club (p43) where he found a warm welcome form the locals who not only enjoy shooting there, but are also fully engaged in making it the wonderful place it is to visit.
Finally, congratulations to Stuart Woodliffe who was the winner of a superb Aztec scope worth £ 375 just for entering our reader survey. Although that survey is finished, it’s vitally important that I continue to hear from you about what you want from your favourite magazine, so that I can steer it in the right direction. One reader told me that I’d totally ruined the magazine, but I’m happy to report that every other response was positive and constructive, so I think I’m going the right way. Please feel free to contact me (phill. price@ archant.co.uk) with your thoughts and questions and I’ll be happy to get back to you, or add your input to all the other suggestions I’m given. Ed.
The black dog can affect us all from time to time