Mental Health Stigma

Does Your Boss Care About Your Mental Health?

Katie Grace | Posted 11.10.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Katie Grace

Tuesday 10th October was a big day for a few reasons. Three reasons actually, but they do say three is the magic number. First of all, it was my lovely Mum's birthday. She does read these posts, so I won't write how old she is out of fear. I had some flowers and a personalised Moonpig card delivered to surprise her, and beat out my younger brother as best child.

Why There Is A Need For Prioritisation Of Mental Health Within The Commonwealth?

Dinesh Bhugra | Posted 22.09.2017 | UK
Dinesh Bhugra

It is unacceptable that there are still countries of the Commonwealth not doing enough to protect the rights of people with mental disorders.

Why I Want To Put A Mental Health Gym On The High Street

James Routledge | Posted 16.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
James Routledge

In this vlog for HuffPost UK, James talks about his struggles with his own mental health, and how he they inspired him to found Sanctus to make a difference and broaden acceptance of mental health issues, and why we should take our mental health as seriously as our physical health.

We Need A Mental Health System That Is Aware Of Taboos Relating To BAME Communities

Nikhwat Marawat | Posted 16.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Nikhwat Marawat

Many times, I've read articles saying it's time to talk, mental health is important and every other recycled term relating to mental health. Honestly, every time I've agreed with them, we do need to talk, mental health IS important and every recycled term surrounding mental health stands.

Five Things To Remember As We Start Waking Up To The Devastating Reality Of Eating Disorders In Males

James Downs | Posted 28.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
James Downs

More people coming forward will compel GPs to have the training they ought to, and will hopefully force commissioners to fund services to support people before they become critically unwell and their lives are put at risk. In the mean time, society may have to pick up the pieces for the lack of support available, but this shouldn't be the case.

I Shouldn't Be Suprised By Lack Of Stigma

Naomi Barrow | Posted 26.07.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Naomi Barrow

The optician was absolutely fantastic. He was kind. He didn't treat me any differently at all. He even disclosed a little about his own mental health experiences. He took my medication history into consideration and really listened to me. I left the appointment and began to think about it. I was just so surprised by his reaction - or rather lack of reaction. I was pleasantly surprised.

Please Katie Hopkins And Piers Morgan, Stop Using Mental Health As Bait

Lucy Nichol | Posted 04.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Lucy Nichol

Provoking mental health stigma might put Piers and Katie in the headlines, but it has the power to put other people in hospital. Or worse. And we need to remember that. The media that gives them the platforms they crave need to remember that it's a double edged sword. Your ratings might be going up - but that's actually creating an even bigger health risk for society.

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.