#Awareness

An Attempt at Explaining Self-Harm

Katie Simon Phillips | Posted 26.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Katie Simon Phillips

I am not justifying it as a good thing to do whatsoever, it is an unhealthy coping strategy that needs to be talked about and treated to find alternative ways of managing difficult feelings that are not so damaging. Still, you can't find an alternative until you know what purpose self-harm serves in general or for you personally, so here goes...

Why I Kept My Epilepsy Hidden for So Long

Vicky Smith | Posted 13.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Vicky Smith

My early childhood memories are full of seizures, nasty medicines and hospital trips. I had tonic clonic seizures when I was asleep and absence seizures during the day. I lived on a cocktail of drugs while the doctors tried to work out what would work best for me.

The Mental Health Price of Academic Focus

Alice Speirs | Posted 25.03.2016 | UK Parents
Alice Speirs

I feel that there are potentially major psychological implications for children as they are growing into adults. And that has potential implications for the lives that they lead once they become adults.

I Wish I Knew...

Ashleigh Mitchell | Posted 25.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Ashleigh Mitchell

If someone had told me that I was in an abusive relationship, I wouldn't have believed them. It's only now that I am out of it that I can really see it for what it was. There were no beatings but that doesn't mean there was no abuse.

'I'm A Little Bit OCD' - Why Having OCD Is Not About Liking Things to Be a Certain Way

Katie Simon Phillips | Posted 20.03.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Katie Simon Phillips

Due to my OCD, a lot of things, if not everything in my life, is a certain way. The structure of every day is exactly the same and my routines and rituals could not be more rigid if they tried. Everything I do each day is exactly the same as I did it the day before but that is not in any sense because that is the way in which I like them.

Is It Enough to Raise Awareness on the Disabled Community

Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat | Posted 09.03.2016 | UK
Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat

I believe now is the time to stop whooping about awareness and take some real actions. Pride in disability identity might be a step, or innovatively defending disability rights another. We the disabled community would love to see everyone with the spirit and audacity to accost and confront the weary awareness trope and begin taking substantive steps.

Raising Awareness for SAMH

Kate Elliott | Posted 04.03.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Kate Elliott

Raising awareness of mental health causes is something that has always been really important to me. I strongly believe that improving people's understanding of mental health difficulties and normalising discussions about these issues can have a positive impact on reducing the associated stigma enabling people to be more open about their own struggles. I was really impressed by a recent awareness campaign held for SAMH in Scotland.

Why Do I Self-Harm?

Claire Greaves | Posted 01.03.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Claire Greaves

It's important to remember that self-harm is different to suicide. Not everybody who cuts wants to die. Sometimes cutting can feel like the only way to cope and stay alive. It can be easier to cope with the physical pain rather than the emotional pain.

Is Learning and Socialising in School Difficult for Those With Autism?

Marcus Mitchell | Posted 29.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Marcus Mitchell

At the moment I go to College. I'm studying Media & Photography to gain qualifications. My social awareness has improved, I've got a bundle of friends at College. To help with my social awareness I have a Learner Support Assistant which eases the added pressure and stress that occurs in my days of studying.

World Toilet Day - More Important Than It Sounds

Cohan Chew | Posted 03.11.2015 | UK
Cohan Chew

At first glance, World Toilet Day sounds like something pushed out by a group of silly children. However, World Toilet Day's significance is detriment...

National Burns Awareness Day: Raising Awareness To Save Lives

Lucy Wilson | Posted 19.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Lucy Wilson

Some people can't resist the strong taste of coffee in the morning or the tender smell of a Yankee candle in the evening. We all come into contact with hot substances on a daily basis. However, it is estimated that over 121,000 people are seen by burns services and emergency departments each year...

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.