Mental Health Issues

Equality In Mental Health - From Intention To Action

Lord Kamlesh Patel | Posted 16.10.2017 | UK Politics
Lord Kamlesh Patel

The Prime Minister has stated her intention to tackle the 'burning injustices' in our society with wide-ranging social reforms. Any progress made among minority and marginalised groups with severe and chronic mental illnesses would serve her well as a measure of her success in mental health. However, to achieve this, more of the government's well-meaning words and intentions need to become actions - sooner rather than later.

We Must Stop Talking About The Importance Of Good Mental Health At Work - And Start Acting

Kate Cooper | Posted 02.10.2017 | UK
Kate Cooper

Supporting employees' mental wellbeing is a critical business issue for organisations, but it's hard to know where to start. The Institute of Leaders...

Augmenting Our Mental Health

James Hargrave | Posted 29.09.2017 | UK Tech
James Hargrave

Chaise longue are old hat in psychology now, Minecraft and Pokémon Go are in. I'm not being facetious, gaming is now a genuine, credible avenue for exploring new approaches to mental health.

Mental Ill Health Should Be Neither A Cause Or Result Of Contact With The Criminal Justice System - But It Is

Dr Onkar Sahota | Posted 14.09.2017 | UK Politics
Dr Onkar Sahota

Mental health is rightly moving up the agenda in London. The Mayor of London has launched Thrive LDN, a city-wide movement, to raise awareness and challenge the stigmatisation of mental health issues. But does it ignore offenders and ex-offenders?

Tackling The Mental Health Crisis Must Include Improving Support For Care Leavers

Javed Khan | Posted 13.09.2017 | UK
Javed Khan

Despite encouraging steps, the mental health crisis is not going to go away anytime soon. Not least for those who are particularly vulnerable, such as England's 26,340 young care leavers. Barnardo's runs 22 care leaver services across the UK, used by 2,000 in England, all of which aim to bridge the gap for children leaving care and moving into independent living.

Everything Is Not OK - Part Two

Ben Moore | Posted 07.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Ben Moore

That sounds like dramatic overstatement to draw you in but the truth is that it's really not. If you're served notice to quit by your landlord you have just two months to find somewhere else to live. They don't need a reason and, in the long term, there doesn't seem to be much you can do.

How It Feels To Stop Being Suicidal

Scott Manley Hadley | Posted 03.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Scott Manley Hadley

My name is Scott Manley Hadley and I have recently had a breakdown. For a few weeks, I was suicidal. I made multiple plans for how I was going to end my life, and I made steps towards carrying out several of these plans. In the end, though, I never put myself in serious danger because I was too scared.

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.

From Stranger To Sounding Board - How Problem-Solving Booths Can Improve Mental Wellbeing

Nerys Anthony | Posted 26.07.2017 | UK
Nerys Anthony

Supporting peer-to-peer problem solving, with young people empowered to help each other, is a concept I think could be incredibly powerful. I'm left wondering what other solutions this simple, and very human concept could help to solve.

How Do You Deal With Adversity?

Keith Grinsted | Posted 12.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Keith Grinsted

I was listening to one of those motivational coaches the other day referring to people that had faced adversity and resolved to do something with their lives.

Post Partum PTSD Support Needs Addressing - For Both Mums and Dads

Ruth Drake | Posted 16.05.2017 | UK Parents
Ruth Drake

I don't think anybody would disagree that support for parents following trauma should be offered as soon as possible. However, due to an extremely underfunded and overworked NHS, this support is rarely forthcoming.

Mindfulness Can Unlock Happiness. Just Stop Thinking

Rich Wigley | Posted 16.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Rich Wigley

Mindfulness is a simple concept. It teaches us that the only thing that is real is the present moment. Anything in the past is gone, anything in the future hasn't happened yet. The only thing that truly matters is what is happening now. Our thoughts are just thoughts and the less we engage with them, the happier and more present we will become.

The Conversations Are Beginning As Mental Health Awareness Week Ends

Dr Rachel Thomas | Posted 14.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Rachel Thomas

We all have a blood pressure but when does it become too high? We all have a weight, but when does it become obese? Sure, there are designated medical cut-offs for these values (usually 140/90 and 30 for blood pressure and BMI for weight, if you were asking...), but the point is that they are on a scale. And perhaps it's time mental health was spoken about in this way too.

How I Went From Oxbridge, To Reuters, To Parliament, To Breakdown

Katherine Baldwin | Posted 12.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Katherine Baldwin

That crack, that breakdown, that epiphany, while frightening at the time, was the best thing that ever happened to me. My mind, body, soul and spirit were trying to tell me something, trying to show me that my sanity and wellbeing lay in a different direction, on a different path.

How To Help Someone With A Mental Health Problem

Sophie Mei Lan | Posted 08.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Sophie Mei Lan

1) If you think/know someone has a mental health problem, mention it in confidence to them. Ask them how they're feeling? Don't assume. Lots of people think I'm fine as my natural facial expression is to smile. I really relate to the analogy 'tears of a clown.'

Struggling With Love: Mental Health Awareness Week 2017

Rae Ritchie | Posted 08.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Rae Ritchie

Over a coffee, my parents mentioned that they'd seen an old family acquaintance. It appeared to them that she was continuing to battle with the mental health issues that we knew had plagued her for some time.

Self-Harm Misconceptions

Janet Adebodun | Posted 30.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Janet Adebodun

I've spent years explaining my self-harm scars to people in hopes that I'm doing my part for mental health awareness but sometimes, being so open abou...

Why Sugar Is Bad For Your Brain

Katrin Nürnberger | Posted 25.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Katrin Nürnberger

We all know that eating too much sugar can cause physical health problems such as obesity and Type 2 diabetes. But did you know a diet high in sugar-laden desserts and processed foods can also have a negative impact on mental health?

As Public Attention Turns To Mental Health, Let's Not Forget Women And Girls

Katharine Sacks Jones | Posted 24.04.2017 | UK
Katharine Sacks Jones

Princes William and Harry's work in highlighting how men can struggle with mental health problems is hugely welcome and will no doubt play an important role in raising awareness and helping to tackle stigma.

Accessing Mental Health For The Woman In Crisis

Lucy Fisk | Posted 23.04.2017 | UK
Lucy Fisk

Mental health, two words that you will have heard numerous times over the last week. It's been all over the news. The Royal Family are getting involved and talking about their experiences as well as supporting mental health charities. Statistics are everywhere, we are being told that one in four women living in the UK are currently suffering with a mental health issue.

'I Went To My Local Alcohol Team But They Told Me they Don't Work With Deaf People'

Dr Onkar Sahota | Posted 11.04.2017 | UK Politics
Dr Onkar Sahota

Most important of all we need to listen to what the disabled and Deaf are telling us themselves. Real improvements can only come from listening to and respecting those living with disability and living with mental health problems - those who have experienced the service and know what has worked well and what hasn't.

An Open Letter To My Loved Ones About My Depression

Nicki Kinickie | Posted 21.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Nicki Kinickie

I suffer from an illness called depression and sadly it is an illness that will always be there. There are times when I feel really good and there are times when I feel really bad. While my illness is a part of who I am, it doesn't define who I am. Even on those dark days when I feel as though it has engulfed me.

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...

From Deep Depression To Adventure Travel: A Year In Perspective

Helen Clarkson | Posted 09.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Helen Clarkson

I stood underneath the John O'Groats sign in September 2015 not quite comprehending what I'd just achieved. Solo. Unsupported. 1000 miles. Two weeks. A random, kind gentleman asked me what I was going to do next.

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.