A Dysfunctional Family: What Are a Grandchild's Rights?

Olga Levancuka | Posted 30.09.2015 | UK
Olga Levancuka

Raising a question that is rarely addressed... A woman was raised in a dysfunctional family. When she was a baby, she was physically and psychologica...

Hope in Action #NoMoreEmptyArms

Sara Meredith | Posted 30.09.2015 | UK Parents
Sara Meredith

My heart is forever broken and it is this pain and the missing that makes me determined to fight hard for the cure for Rett Syndrome. To fight on that no other parent has to feel my loss.

No More Empty Arms

Sara Meredith | Posted 14.09.2015 | UK Parents
Sara Meredith

Nearly seven years ago my beautiful daughter Olivia lost her battle to the devastating neurological condition Rett Syndrome. In the early hours of November 7, 2008, our world was torn apart. Nothing could have prepared us for the impact and pain we have had to face as a family.

Finding Peace

Laura Humphreys | Posted 04.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Laura Humphreys

One of my favourite places to go and visit is the local graveyard. We live on a square block, the streets conveniently named North, East, South and West, and the cemetery is on the North side of the square. I have no relatives or friends buried there, in fact, I have no connection to anyone there. But there's something about the ambience, the peace and the love that has gone into that patch of land that permeates the air and is hard to find anywhere else.

Matters of the Mind - Speaking Out About Mental Health in Schools

Anna Hicks | Posted 13.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Anna Hicks

Don't turn a blind eye to problems that need addressing. Children can suffer from mental health problems too, keep that in mind.

May Is Preeclampsia Awareness Month: Four Reasons Why It Matters to You

Leigh Kendall | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK Parents
Leigh Kendall

There is nothing that can be done to change what happened to me, or to bring Hugo back. What I can do is to help make sure everyone knows about these devastating pregnancy complications and what to do about it.

An Awareness Week to Be Aware of

Debbie Cleaveley | Posted 23.06.2015 | UK
Debbie Cleaveley

As a mental health nurse, I never thought that depression would never happen to me and that if it did, I'd know what to do. Alas the reality was a total shock. I actually had no idea about what it would be like or what to do.

5-Year-Old Makes Heartwrenching 999 Call: 'My Mummy's Had A Fit'

The Huffington Post UK | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 21.04.2015 | UK Parents

The incredible bravery of a five-year-old girl who called 999 when her mother had an epileptic fit was captured on tape. The heartwrenching recordi...

Video Shows How Tourette's Syndrome Really Is No Laughing Matter

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 20.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Despite being a serious neurological health condition, Tourette's syndrome has long been seen as something of a joke. And we're not just talking ha...

Break the Cycle: Talk About Period Pain

Ria Chatterjee | Posted 25.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Ria Chatterjee

When was the last time you heard someone at work complain about period pain? Not in gruesome detail, just "My stomach is hurting. It's period pain. Anyone got some painkillers?". If the answer is never, then it's time to question why not.

The Pond and the Mind: A Parallel Universe

Kamontip Evans | Posted 17.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Kamontip Evans

When you watch the mind, you will find there is a beginning, middle and an end to each troublesome thought or emotion. Sometimes before you even get to the end of it, the mind will jump onto something else.

People With Parkinson's Confused and Abandoned After Diagnosis

Steve Ford | Posted 04.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Steve Ford

This chronic lack of information and support is leaving people with Parkinson's feeling discarded and deserted at the toughest time of their lives. This is simply unacceptable.

Accessible Travel is Adventure Travel

Martyn Sibley | Posted 23.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Martyn Sibley

However this is not just about me. It's not just about last week. It's not just about the companies I used. It is about civil and human rights. It is about living in 2015 and seeing disabled people go through these events daily.

What Are You Waiting For? When Would Now Be a Good Time?

Kathryn Lovewell | Posted 17.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Kathryn Lovewell

Putting myself first does not come naturally. I am a natural giver - like so many teachers and therapeutic practitioners I know. However, I am learning the art of self-love, self-care and prioritising myself.

A Wolf In Sheep's Clothing

Elaine Benton | Posted 09.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

As a person living with Parkinson's, just like millions of other fellow sufferers, when first diagnosed, I took a crash course in scouring the Internet to educate myself. Patients generally understand and know full well the harsh reality that awaits them.

Mental Health Education in School Is a MUST Today

Mark Williams | Posted 15.02.2015 | UK Politics
Mark Williams

As we know the stigma and lack of education about mental health is better today than it was ten years ago. We still need to educate the next generation in all aspects of mental health to stamp it out for good.

How Safe Is Your Teen From a Drink-Drive Conviction?

Debbie Bannigan | Posted 21.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Debbie Bannigan

There is a point on every course where the penny drops. On every course, without exception, someone will tell us that, if they had known what they have learnt from us when they first started driving, they would not have offended.

Cute... But Wrong!

Mik Scarlet | Posted 16.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mik Scarlet

The piece revolves around the concept that when trying to confront the issue of talking to disabled people the advice is always negative, always a list of "don't"s and rarely "do"s. Mr Hoge then states that most of these are the opinion of the authors and then gives a list that he states are things "you can say to someone with a disability".

Whose Drama Is It Anyway?

Shirley Palmer | Posted 16.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Shirley Palmer

As I lay under the chestnut tree with the sun streaming through I noticed how quickly we have fallen into autumn in the UK, the leaves are changing, the sun is not quite so warm and there is a bed of leaves underneath me.

Meningitis Hasn't Gone Away - It's Still a Threat So Help Save Lives This Winter

Chris Head | Posted 11.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Chris Head

Meningitis has been in the news in the UK throughout 2014 but it's no time to be complacent about the symptoms; this deadly disease hasn't gone away and winter is the deadliest time as the number of cases always climbs.

Have You Told Your Family Your Organ Donation Decision?

Dr Ellie Cannon | Posted 08.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Ellie Cannon

New figures out today show that just 45% of families agree to organ donation going ahead if they are unaware of their loved one's decision to be a donor - but this figure rises to 95% when they know the decision.

Do You Always Need to Be Right?

Annie Ashdown | Posted 04.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Annie Ashdown

Acts of kindness are only kind when you feel good about ourselves. Caretaking is the neighbour of martyrdom. Many who lack confidence have a compulsion to be perfect. I found being a control freak exhausting.

Living Without Food

Chris Malla | Posted 13.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Chris Malla

On 4 March 2014, I witnessed a group of police officers forcibly move on some homeless people around Newland Avenue in Hull, the heart of the city's student population. Their only crime was being homeless, which I don't feel is a crime, and certainly doesn't justify the treatment they received. I felt helpless, and had to carry on home, angry...

'I Wish I Had Breast Cancer'

Kate Leaver | Posted 27.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kate Leaver

We're talking about actual human beings existing in the twilight of grief and primal fear that comes with cancer. And if a lung, bowel, or pancreatic cancer patient feels, in that horrific state of mind, that it'd be easier to have a more socially acceptable cancer like breast cancer... We can't judge that. What are we doing, policing the private fears of terminally ill people now?

Reclaim Your Attention by Developing Relaxed Situational Awareness

Thomas Gelmi | Posted 22.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Thomas Gelmi

For many of us there are only rare moments in which we do not think at all; when we are engaged in sports or indulged in a concert, for example. Besides these moments, the rational mind dominates the scene, one thought after another, until we fall asleep at night. In worst cases it even persists and keeps us from falling asleep.