Mental Health Stigma

We're All A Bit Mental (And I'm Okay With That)

Frank Hamilton | Posted 18.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Frank Hamilton

It's not that I don't appreciate the progress that's been made, it's just that parts of the existing narrative are still a little divisive and often draw a line between the haves and the have nots - those who are broken and need fixing, and those who aren't and don't.

Thirty Months On

Sangeeta Mahajan | Posted 10.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Sangeeta Mahajan

I am his mother. I am also a doctor. I died with him. An amputated heart and a bruised soul somehow keep the tatters of my being together. The undying love between mother and son sustains. It finds expression through writing every day.

Tackling Male Mental Health With Football

Dr Helen Spandler | Posted 09.05.2017 | UK Sport
Dr Helen Spandler

Therefore, whilst not excusing our health services from providing mental health care, perhaps it's time the football industry invests more time and effort when it comes to mental health in the communities they serve. 'The beautiful game' could do a lot more good.

Please Don't Stop Inviting Your Friend With Anxiety

Anna Gaunt | Posted 25.04.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Anna Gaunt

Don't give up on your friend who cancels plans last minute. Don't confirm the overwhelming worries that may be preventing them from coming in the first place. I know how frustrating it is, but please don't stop inviting your friend with anxiety.

I Started A Business To Prove People Wrong

Mandy Charlton | Posted 16.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Mandy Charlton

In June this year, I'll celebrate 10 years in business as a photographer, a decade of self-employment and running a successful business, a business I set up not to make a profit but just to prove that I wasn't a write-off.

Mental Health Myths

Janet Adebodun | Posted 20.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Janet Adebodun

Over the years, I've had to deal with a worrying amount of misconceptions and misunderstanding regarding my mental health; it seems people have a generalised idea about mental illness which results in stigma and negative stereotyping. I've chosen to address some myths that I've had to defend over the years...

Mental Health - Why Don't We Talk About It?

James | Posted 08.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
James

If any of us can intercept that trouble along the way, be it for ourselves or for others, then maybe we will feel more relaxed talking about mental health. Mental illness and fears are okay. They are an issue and not an identity. It's time we talk about it.

Eight Things People Have Said To Me About My OCD

Meg Burchell | Posted 15.02.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Meg Burchell

When this has been said to me on more times than I care to remember, it always sounds more like a statement than a question. OCD is one of the most misunderstood, stigmatised mental illnesses, and I think this is one of the things people say that gets to me the most.

Nurturing Positive Mental Health In Teens And Children

Richard Daniel Curtis | Posted 03.02.2017 | UK
Richard Daniel Curtis

I am regularly talking to a widening circle of people about the importance of instilling positive mental health habits in children from a young age. ...

The Real Meaning Of Blue Monday

Chris O’Sullivan | Posted 16.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Chris O’Sullivan

The Blue Monday myth - like all good legends - has some elements of truth. We know that some people living with mental health problems find the winter months harder. If the Blue Monday hype has drawn your attention to your mental health, or made you think about how a friend, colleague, or loved one might be feeling then it has done some good.

The Myth Of The Millenial Snowflakes

James Woods | Posted 11.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education
James Woods

The drugs, the appointments, the mental health problems, the suicidal thoughts that I have to face on the regular in my day to day life as I still push on with my life shows much more resilience and strength than all of the over-40s snowflake internet Twitter troll club have put together and that goes for my fellow sufferers and fighters too.

All I Want For Christmas... Is Not To Fall Into A Bottomless Pit Of Despair

Michelle Lloyd | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Michelle Lloyd

Like many 31 year olds living with a mental health condition, the run up to Christmas and indeed the big event itself, for me, is not as magical as I'm lead to believe it should be.

How To Approach Your Employer With A Mental Health Problem

Dr Philip McCrea | Posted 21.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Philip McCrea

Worryingly, the report found that more than half of employees admit feeling unable to approach their employer about a stress-related issue; therefore the cycle continues unbroken, and if left un-addressed can lead to significant mental health problems.

We Need To Change How We Talk About Mental Health

Chris Napier | Posted 14.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Chris Napier

Such an atmosphere serves to dehumanise mentally ill people and enables those who seek to attack them, either directly or by removing the support mechanisms and protective legislation secured by a century of disability activism.

Slipping Away From The Crooked Grey Hand

Jonathan Lee | Posted 02.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Jonathan Lee

We need to keep talking. Speaking out about how we feel. That's why I've written this article. To tell people it's okay to feel this way. We're not weird or crazy. We're much like anyone else. And by talking, we can get better. I'm absolute proof of this.

I'm Terrified Of Passing Toxic Masculinity Onto My Sons

Chris Napier | Posted 30.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Chris Napier

bmm banner.jpg I don't want my sons to share the programming which has crippled me. I don't want them to grow up in a world which victimizes boys for showing weakness and which treats mental health issues without compassion.

How Do We Make The Mental Health Act Better And Fairer?

Brian Dow | Posted 28.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Brian Dow

It's hard to think of an example of health jargon which carries as much potency as the term 'sectioned'. Said out loud and without the associations it brings about for your average person, actually nothing could sound more bland and inoffensive

"I Didn't Get Out Of Bed Today"

Robyn Harris | Posted 25.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Robyn Harris

Season to season, my high-functioning anxiety disorder affects me in different ways. When darkness takes to the sky, it manages to break its way into my mind as well. It wakes me in the morning like a hangover, but is not so easily cured, and not as widely understood, despite being something that affects around 5% of the UK population.

The Power Of Words

Melissa Kirwan | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Melissa Kirwan

So next time you automatically want to use phrases such as "I'm so OCD about that" or "I'm so depressed today", just thinking about the alternatives you can use and being aware of your language can help the cause. Thank you!

The Story Of My Life With Undiagnosed ADHD

James Woods | Posted 20.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
James Woods

I feel that ADHD is one of the top most stigmatised mental health and learning disabilities. People just don't know the seriousness of it and many even believe it's a myth or an excuse. It's just a simple lack of knowledge on the condition which why I wanted to share a little abstract of my experience today. I'm not Lazy, I'm not crazy and I'm not stupid. I have ADHD and with the right treatment or support I will succeed in life.

How I Help Doctors To Leave Their Jobs

Dr Abeyna Jones | Posted 05.09.2016 | UK
Dr Abeyna Jones

You're probably reading this because you had a knee-jerk reaction to the title, considering the recent media press surrounding the planned 5 day walk out over junior doctor contract imposition and a heavily publicised nationwide shortage of doctors.

Politicising Empathy: On Safe Spaces, Mental Health, And Chicago

David Browne | Posted 02.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
David Browne

One's measure of empathy and compassion - or one's presumptive mental health, for that matter - cannot and should not be judged on the basis of whether they agree with proliferating trigger warnings or politicised "safe space" saviourism.

Black Wednesday: When Doctors Are as Vulnerable as Their Patients

Dr Abeyna Jones | Posted 02.08.2016 | UK
Dr Abeyna Jones

Black Wednesday is upon us. This Wednesday, there will be thousands of newly qualified doctors and junior doctors rotating commencing and rotating posts coupled with a general summer holiday exodus for most senior healthcare professionals.

Would Online Therapy Help Us Cope With the Current Mental Health Crisis

Keavy Lynch | Posted 06.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Keavy Lynch

Bravery comes in many forms. We need to be brave enough to admit that some battle wounds are the invisible ones we carry every day, brave enough to seek help and no longer suffer in silence, brave enough to admit that more needs to be done in terms of NHS mental health funding, or brave enough to lead the way in research and technology for future therapies.

Why Am I So Open About My Mental Illness?

Habiba Khanom | Posted 24.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Habiba Khanom

A lot of people tell me that I am "brave" for being so open about my mental health problems. But one of the reasons why I am open is because I don't want "brave" to be a connotation for opening up mental illness anymore. I want people to talk about their issues without being scared of people's reaction.