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.
I never entertained the thought of a gap year. I thought such a year was meant for traveling and I've never been enamored by the idea. Schools don't really talk to you seriously about taking a year out; it's sort of a "you're on your own" policy, which is a scary concept even when your gap year is premeditated.
Postnatal Depression (PND) has been, for me, one of the most difficult things that I have ever had to deal with: the struggle to talk to anyone about it who understood, the stigma which suggests that you are somehow completely incompetent and your baby isn't safe with you and getting out of bed in the morning when all you want to do is cry.
I knew that while I would get great energy from them, and it would possibly help take the national conversation about mental health a little further, it would also knock the stuffing out of me and the fallout wouldn't be worth the whatever slim gain may have been made.
In my parent's generation there was a sea change in health behaviour. Not so long ago smoking was considered normal, diets were conducive to heart disease and exercise was a marginal pursuit. In just fifty years most people acknowledge the importance of exercise and diet. Smoking has become a marginal pursuit. There has been a huge tipping point.
Non-depressed people don't wake up feeling down for no reason, feeling like there's a cloud hanging over them every single time they open their eyes on a new day...
I'm no stranger to talking about my mental health. I've experienced depression and anxiety periodically throughout my twenties: my first encounter with it was during my second year at university, and it has reared its ugly head periodically since then, turning up at awkwardly like an uninvited party guest.
Why do we always need to find someone to blame for our discomfort in being alive? If I can figure out this 'c' thing I may be able to save the world or at least myself.
#ExploreMH is a series of articles and YouTube videos aimed at breaking down the stigma that surrounds Mental Health. You can watch the video series h...
Have you ever met up with a friend or family member who's just lost someone close to them and felt at a loss as to what to say? You're not alone. We feel awkward in this situation because we think that whatever we say isn't going to be adequate.
It is rare in science that a study will show 100% anything. Today this has happened. Scientists at Kings College London have developed a blood test that they say 'accurately and reliably predicts whether people living with depression will respond to common antidepressants'. This could mark a real sea change in antidepressant drug treatment.
Discussing mental health for the first time, or even the twentieth time isn't always easy. I've certainly had mixed experiences when it comes to speaking with health professionals about my mental health.
Part of my illness (a trigger) is when I hear I'm going to meet someone like Matt and I immediately want to look up which one of us sold more books. I have learned to hold back because if it's him, I know I'm going to get that jolt in the stomach that signifies envy and if I accumulate a lot of them, I can tip into the foothills of madness.
Are you fed up with being surrounded by happy, smiley people? Do you want to bring more misery, stress, anxiety and depression into your life and the lives of your loved ones? Then here is your handy guide.
Meditation and mindfulness are SO on trend right now, but in the age of the 'mindful' colouring book, are these ancient practises in danger of becoming just another buzzword?
When Depression hits, it is difficult to find out how to escape. There are thousands of well-known metaphors for what depression really feels like, ...