Mental Health

It's Not Just 'Winter Blues': What I've Learnt About Seasonal Affective Disorder

Tayana Simons | Posted 28.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Tayana Simons

Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D) is one of the lesser-understood mental health conditions. Because it is, in itself, a type of depression, it is easy to think it has been bought on by other circumstances in your life. It is only when you begin to recognise the recurring annual pattern, that you realise the trigger.

Fighting My Eating Disorder In Ramadan

Habiba Khanom | Posted 26.05.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Habiba Khanom

For those of us who also come from a past of binging and purging, this can be a very overwhelming time. It is inevitable to be ravenous after 18 hours of not eating or drinking anything, so when it is time to eat, even non-eating disorder sufferers can end up binging. It's what our bodies do. After months of trying to stop this behaviour, do I want to revert back to it?

Mental Health Awareness Is Alright, But We Need Action

Jess Bradley | Posted 26.05.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Jess Bradley

From prisons to primary schools, social media to benefit sanctions, we need to challenge this tendency to punish wherever we find it. Our humanity should never be up for grabs. Only by challenging this drive to dehumanise can we start the work of building a different society; one which has a logic of good mental health and happiness at its core.

Which Political Party Has The Best Proposals On Mental Health?

Ed Pinkney | Posted 26.05.2017 | UK Politics
Ed Pinkney

The manifestos of the three largest parties collectively contain 75 references to mental health -- 70 more than the respective manifestos in 2010, excluding the indexes. Those that have read the recently released manifestos could be forgiven for remembering little of what was said, because despite extended paragraphs, there are few quantifiable pledges.

I'm Talking But No One Is Listening

KReimer | Posted 26.05.2017 | UK Politics
KReimer

In the poem Punchline, performed exclusively for HuffPost UK here, spoken-word artist KReimer talks about cuts to mental health services and how hard it is to get help.

5 People Who Lived Through Tragedy On Surviving The Darkest Times In Their Lives

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 25.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle

When awful things happen, it’s difficult to know how you could possibly carry on, let alone feel happy again. However human beings can be remarkably...

To Those Of You Who've Lost All Hope

Naomi Barrow | Posted 24.05.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Naomi Barrow

Eventually, in time, we will find glimmers of hope again. We will find cracks of light. We will begin find things to believe in, and our little pile of good things will grow. We might find them in the most unexpected of places - a podcast that speaks to us, the ability to read a page of text, or the joy of being able to taste a cup of tea again. It might take weeks, it might take months, it might even take years, but it will happen.

Mental Health Under The Spotlight - The Power Of The Parent-School Partnership

Deborah Fisher | Posted 24.05.2017 | UK Parents
Deborah Fisher

With children and young people spending so much time in school, there is a growing awareness among teachers and parents of the need to work together to address any issues early. But what steps do schools take to help them spot problems? And how can parents help?

Those Perfect Instagram Poses? They're Not Yoga

James Downs | Posted 24.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
James Downs

In light of this, I am all the more determined to cultivate an ethos of self-acceptance in my classes. I hope to help people reject comparisons with ideals, and dispel any myths around yoga practitioners and teachers as being special, other-worldy, or privy to insights on enlightenment.

A GP's Concern About The Lack Of Mental Health Services

Dr Sara Ahmed | Posted 23.05.2017 | UK
Dr Sara Ahmed

With the mental health service functioning in a deprived state, we as GPs will have to fill in the gaps. Regardless of whether we have the appointments to accommodate this, do we even have the skills? And can we safely evaluate risk in a 10-minute consultation? All of this leaves me unable to shake the sense of foreboding during my mental health consultations.

Learning To Love The Man In The Mirror

Neil Martin | Posted 23.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Neil Martin

When you look at yourself, what do you see? For many years I tried to avoid the man in the mirror, because he was my chief critic, judge, jury and executioner...

Tory Manifesto Shows Theresa May Retreating on Mental Health Pledge

Ed Pinkney | Posted 22.05.2017 | UK Politics
Ed Pinkney

The Conservative manifesto released last week refers to each of these areas, but, crucially, it only promises to recruit "up to" 10,000 mental health staff. A Conservative government could technically appoint just one more mental health professional over the next three years and still fulfil this pledge, something that would be disastrous for a country that has faced increasing pressure on mental health services.

"He Seemed Fine This Morning": Why Men At Risk Of Suicide Struggle To Tell Their GP

Joy Hibbins | Posted 22.05.2017 | UK
Joy Hibbins

It would be helpful if GP surgeries could monitor the emotional and mental health of patients who disclose that they have been affected by major life events. There certainly seems to be a case for closer questioning to check how deeply affected the person is.

I Owe It To George To Keep His Warmth And Generosity Burning Bright

Kenny Goss | Posted 23.05.2017 | UK Entertainment
Kenny Goss

George was not a perfect man, but a warm and generous one - I owe it to his memory to keep that burning bright. This is why I have gone public on this fundraising mission- and want him to live on, not only through his music but also through the work of the Foundation- in the US, the UK and around the world.

Burnout Diaries - Chapter 5: The 40%, Spoons And Upside Down Maslow

Paula Bellostas Muguerza | Posted 22.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Paula Bellostas Muguerza

"IT'S THE FOURTH FLOOR!!!" - I shouted excitedly down the intercom to the delivery driver that was bringing my magnetic helmet. There was even a little bit of a dance while the young man travelled up in the lift.

Is Instagram Bad For Your Mental Health?

Laura Bell | Posted 22.05.2017 | UK Tech
Laura Bell

The message? It seems pretty loud and clear to me: reduce usage of Instagram to decrease anxiety, low self-esteem and other mental health issues. Whilst Instagram is not the only cause of mental health problems for young people, more and more research is emerging to suggest it certainly contributes.

Third Of Children's Mental Health Services 'Downsizing Or Facing Closure'

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 22.05.2017 | UK Parents

A third of children’s mental health services are downsizing or facing closure, a new survey has found. Worryingly, 84% of NHS counsellors, psychoth...

14 Ways To Fight Career Burnout Before It Starts

Quora | Posted 22.05.2017 | UK
Quora

How can I tell the difference between being burned out and just being lazy? originally appeared on Quora - the place to gain and share knowledge, empo...

How Commuting For More Than 30 Minutes Could Be Damaging Your Health

PA | Rachel Moss | Posted 22.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Standing on a packed train with someone’s armpit in your face doesn’t just leave you starting work in a bad mood. Long commutes are hitting the he...

The Barbershop Can Save A Man's Life

Tom Chapman | Posted 19.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Tom Chapman

I had spoken to my friend just a few short days before his death. Of course, I had no idea what he was dealing with and didn't realise anything was wrong. This gut-wrenching experience, combined with the hard-hitting facts above, is ultimately what inspired me to create the Lions Barber Collective.

My Four Year Old Daughter Had The Monday Morning Blues

Jaelithe Leigh-Brown | Posted 19.05.2017 | UK Parents
Jaelithe Leigh-Brown

So, if you're in a job you don't enjoy, then you can change it, or focus on the positives of what the job brings you right now and do your best to feel better each day. Take time out to have fun and do what makes you happy. When you're feeling better, you have a more positive outlook.

Mental Health Should Be Top Of The Agenda

Nikki Mattocks | Posted 19.05.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Nikki Mattocks

No matter whether you're a politician with the power to influence public spending and health policies, or whether you're a plumber, receptionist, doctor, unemployed, a student etc. with the power to change someone's life with a conversation, we all have a voice and we need to use it now more than ever.

The Selfish Mother

Joana Mateus | Posted 18.05.2017 | UK Parents
Joana Mateus

Let's be selfish mothers. Let's ask for help, let's acknowledge the lions not in fear but in recognition of them so we can tame them. Let's have nail days, massage days, but crucially, let's have proper mental health support, awareness and information given out to every mother even before their babies are born.

We're All A Bit Mental (And I'm Okay With That)

Frank Hamilton | Posted 18.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Frank Hamilton

It's not that I don't appreciate the progress that's been made, it's just that parts of the existing narrative are still a little divisive and often draw a line between the haves and the have nots - those who are broken and need fixing, and those who aren't and don't.

Change Happens - Ready Or Not

Nikki Mattocks | Posted 18.05.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Nikki Mattocks

Change is a part of life, and it can either be good or bad, but for those with mental health issues, it can be a bit more difficult, which is something I can completely relate to.