Mental Health

Why Are Friendships So Important?

Kieran Goodwin | Posted 28.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Kieran Goodwin

Friends. We all need them. They help us get through life! Without them, our existence itself would falter and grind to a halt. Socialising and communicating with others is something we do to survive. Having friends allow us to talk about our feelings, concerns and passions. We thrive from being around others. Without friends we would find ourselves isolated which could lead to depression and sometimes even suicide.

Learning To Talk

Mimi Osakwe | Posted 27.03.2017 | UK
Mimi Osakwe

This is a discussion and if you have any other tips on how to learn how to talk or if you've had any similar experiences, please leave a comment below.

Researchers Claim Video Games Could Be A Viable Treatment For Depression

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 27.03.2017 | UK Tech

On the surface, staying at home on your own and not socialising with other human beings for extended periods of time, doesn’t seem like the best ant...

Trump Anxiety? Time To Unplug From The 24-hour News Cycle

Cal Strode | Posted 23.03.2017 | UK
Cal Strode

We found that around half of us (49%) reported experiencing anxiety specifically in relation to the US election and following inauguration of Donald Trump as president, with 29% going as far as saying they have experienced a 'fair amount' or 'great deal' of anxiety.

How Our Children Help Us To Live Mindfully

Hayley Saunt | Posted 23.03.2017 | UK Parents
Hayley Saunt

Fast forward eight years and three children later and I am only just starting to be more open about these topics of conversation. This is important because I don't want my own children, nor the teenagers whom I teach, to feel there is a stigma connected with mental illness.

Does Everyone Think They Have Anxiety?

Megan Taylor | Posted 22.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Megan Taylor

It is the same for people with OCD. It can actually be incredibly inconsiderate to say in jest that you are OCD about something whilst true sufferers are having a real daily struggle with a severe case of the disorder.

'Biphobia Drove Me To My Suicide Attempt' - Why Discrimination Needs To Stop

Sian Abigail Bradley | Posted 22.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Sian Abigail Bradley

George almost committed suicide that day. After two years of battling with mental illness, he wanted to die - because he thought that being bisexual meant something was wrong with him.

Hussain Manawer's New Single, "I'm Ashamed" Is A Raw Snapshot Of The World We Live In Today

Emma Hedile Al-munshi | Posted 22.03.2017 | UK Entertainment
Emma Hedile Al-munshi

Image credit: Devise Inspire If you aren't already familiar with London based poet and spoken word artist Hussain Manawer, then his debut single I'm...

How Well Is The NHS Doing On Improving Children And Young People's Mental Health Care?

Emily Frith | Posted 22.03.2017 | UK
Emily Frith

The Prime Minister and the Secretary of State for Health have both stated that children and young people's mental health is a top priority for this administration. The Coalition Government announced £1.4billion additional funding to improve care in the five years to 2020. So, what progress has been made so far? Our report found that nearly three quarters of CCGs have failed to meet the NHS benchmark for improving services. The benchmark, based on questions about funding, improvement plans and workforce, was a score of 83.3%. Over a third of local NHS organisations scored under 50%.

Find Your People At A Frazzled Cafe

Ruby Wax | Posted 21.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Ruby Wax

They open their mouths to laugh and then they'll open their hearts. This isn't a small circle of people suffering from mental illness doing group therapy, this is a theatre, sometimes up to a thousand seats. So after the interval I just sit on stage and, God bless them, their hands go up apprehensively at first, then after a while with more urgency, to talk about their lives.

Project Teen: Six Things I'd Say To My Teenage Self

Samantha Walsh | Posted 21.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Samantha Walsh

Don't be ashamed of your USP. (That's Unique Selling Point, kiddo). Yes, you do have one. Several, in fact. You're a six foot natural blonde with brains, for Christ's sake. Instead of hunching your shoulders and mooching about like Herman Munster, push your shoulders back, stand tall and be proud.

My Dad. My Hero

Danni Tresadern | Posted 21.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Danni Tresadern

Over the past four years we've watched how the dementia has really started to affect him. He is still Dad and in my mind he always will be. No illness is going to take that away from me. We take each day as it comes. We adapt and we cherish the moments, and the memories of good days.

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.

Window To The Soul

Caragh Little | Posted 20.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Caragh Little

So, somewhere in Australia, there's a bird staring at its own reflection in a window.

So... Would You Like To Know The Latest Wellbeing Travel Trends?

Stella Photi | Posted 20.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Stella Photi

I set up Wellbeing Escapes 11 years ago and it's been very interesting watching the emergence of wellness travel from truly embryonic beginnings to where it is today. My team and I have the privileged position of speaking to our clients on a daily basis which allows us to understand their needs but also the challenges that they are facing in their lives.

8 Questions Everyone Has When Talking To Their Boss About Mental Health Days

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 20.03.2017 | UK Tech

While we’re all familiar with colleagues taking sick days for a bout of food poisoning or the flu, it is far less common to hear people talking abou...

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...

Can't You Take A Joke?

Nicole Thomas | Posted 19.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Nicole Thomas

all women everywhere I am 37 years old. During my lifetime, I believed many of these things being said to me were compliments. I believed all the uninvited assaults and harassments were my fault. I believed that objecting to these assumptions about my character made me boring and unlikeable. The times I did speak up, I was silenced with five innocuous words. "Can't you take a joke?"

What Does Stigma Feel Like?

Naomi Barrow | Posted 19.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Naomi Barrow

Imagine feeling scared. Imagine feeling alone. Imagine feeling completely worn out by a medical condition which is doing it's very best to kill you. Imagine feeling guilty for visiting the doctors, but doing your best to go to all of your appointments nevertheless. Imagine being passed from one professional to another - none of them wanting to take responsibility for your care.

Anxiety Is Ugly

Molly Thompson | Posted 17.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Molly Thompson

It was a really hot sunny day in Spring and I was sat in the car with my mum, parked up outside of where I used to work. I remember looking around at people walking past, laughing and eating ice cream. I longed to feel as positive and care-free as them. I longed for the mental stability of a regular teenager. But that was nothing but a dream at that point in my life.

The Mental Health Focus For Some TV Networks Is, Well... Mental

Will Young | Posted 17.03.2017 | UK Entertainment
Will Young

The concept for the programme was for me to undergo exposure therapy in 24 hours, which has never been done before. Having studied somatic re-experiencing (the same as exposure therapy in its goal) this in my opinion is the most foolish and dangerous thing I have ever heard! I was effectively going to be used as a guinea pig to see what would happen under such extreme circumstances. Guaranteed drama. Guaranteed "jeopardy' - a word that is the go-to place for any celebrity-based programme to maximise ratings.

Stormzy Has The Right To Choose If And When He's Used As A 'Poster Boy' For Mental Health Issues

Polly Allen | Posted 17.03.2017 | UK Entertainment
Polly Allen

Anyone who speaks out about their own mental health issues has the right to control how and where their comments are used, just as they would with any other health condition. Having depression shouldn't define Stormzy, nor should it overshadow every interview he does.

Why It's Vital Parents Know The Pressures Mentally Affecting Young Girls (And How To Help)

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 16.03.2017 | UK Parents

At age 14, Naomi was feeling pressure from all sides of her life. At school, she had pressure around exams, getting her grades and starting to plan he...

John Legend On How He Supported Chrissy Teigen Through Postnatal Depression

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 16.03.2017 | UK Parents

John Legend has opened up about how he supported Chrissy Teigen when she had postnatal depression, and has offered advice on how other dads can help t...

Are We Determined Enough To Make Brexit Succeed?

Mike Shaw | Posted 15.03.2017 | UK Politics
Mike Shaw

Resilience training can help by educating you about the relationship between the decisions you're making and your mental health, empowering you to make the choices that are right for you.