I personally think that the answer lies in young people speaking about this themselves, outside of any government-funded, adult-run initiative. But what I do know is that they want empowering, relevant, honest and practical conversations, which according to them they are not able to have anywhere other than with certain friends at the moment.
Sometimes coming from a working class background can making opening up quite tough. My mother and father are excellent, but I do feel like in a household that has a focus on the basic amenities in life, mental health may, unfortunately, get swept under the carpet.
I haven't been using my greyPAD that much recently. I keep it in a drawer and take it out every now and then to have a little play on the Alienation app, but I'm aiming to stop using it altogether. I know that I probably won't be able to get rid of the greyPAD, but I will get some better biscuits for when I use it next - like Hobnobs or something.
Anxiety and procrastination are two things which seem to be inextricably linked. Sure, we all know what it's like to procrastinate a little (who hasn't gotten hooked on a box set when we should be studying/working/exercising).
Every day with depression and anxiety can be a monstrously uphill battle. There's sadness, sure, but that's actually just a fraction of it. There are periods of guilt, numbness and loneliness that can slow time to a crawl.
Depression bubbling under the surface, or hovering above, never seen by any, only felt by me. I was used to it. Familiar. At times I would think, "I need to sort this out" and alcohol would come along, "remember our agreement? I can take care of this for you." And it did.
Cover Design - Socciones "In 2010 I woke up!" The opening line of my speech at 'Derby Women's Centre' on Wednesday the 24th February 2016. My fif...
I am a mum to an amazingly strong, beautiful and engaging 15-year-old daughter. However, three years ago my daughter Libby was diagnosed with depression and anxiety. Over the past 9-12 months Libby has filmed a CBBC My Life documentary called Marvellous Messy Minds.
We need education from homes to schools and youth-targeted institutions, priority in government funding and an overhaul of a system created by a stoic generation for a generation allowed to be more informed about their emotions and thoughts through education. Without these, there will continue to be generations lost to broken minds and a growing suicide rate throughout almost all demographics. Our generation is a ticking time bomb already detonated.
I met Lynn Lu, a visual artist from Singapore, in November last year. Lynn was working on an interactive performance/installation art project inspired by her own recent experience of depression during pregnancy and the postpartum.
Today is the second day of Eating Disorder Awareness Week 2016; a year since I reached my thirtieth week of inpatient treatment and two since I took a...
As a student, recovering from a mental health problem can at times feel like a huge challenge. Or course it's not restricted to students... it applies to anyone who is doing 'life stuff' at the same time whether it's working, studying, looking after a family... anything that divides your attention.
I believe a lot more needs to happen to safeguard today's young people regarding their mental health from education to improvement in mental health services. And more particularly, realising how crucial it is that mental health is treated with the same respect as physical illnesses.
As today is Time to Talk Day, I thought I would describe my own particular neurosis, and how living with it can be infuriating.
Reflexology has been practiced for thousands of years, dating back to Ancient Egypt and Ancient China. It is a non-invasive treatment that stimulates the nerve endings on our hands, feet and ears which trigger certain organs, tissues and glands in the body.
I don't really think I can explain to you why I'm here...how I ended up slouched down here tonight, why I'm so upset that I keep almost throwing up from all of the gut-wrenching sobs...I'm not really sure I understand why myself.