Mental Illness Stigma

The Challenges Faced By A Prison Psychiatrist

Dr. Sohom Das | Posted 17.08.2017 | UK
Dr. Sohom Das

Severely psychiatrically unwell prisoners are people who, very likely, have been failed by services over and over again. They are very likely to have had horrific experiences (abuse seems to come as standard for the women, and even the men that I have assessed in prison). Sure, some of them have made poor choices and may have wronged others, and that can't be ignored. Nevertheless, for those who are too unwell to look out for themselves, we, as an apparently mature, developed society should step in and shoulder some of the responsibilities. It is not always simple; there are complications and barriers, but there are no excuses for floridly unwell psychotic prisoners to be trapped inside cells for weeks and months awaiting treatment.

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.

Asking For Help Is A Strength, Not A Weakness

Beth | Posted 08.08.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Beth

We are not weak for asking for help. Asking for help, reaching out, identifying that there is something not quite right is the sign of an incredibly strong person if you ask me. Despite our own judgement. Despite our shame. Guilt. Embarrassment. Despite our view that we are being feeble. Weak. We rise above this and we ask for that help anyway.

Is 'Me Time' Selfish As A Parent?

Samantha Glass | Posted 07.08.2017 | UK Parents
 Samantha Glass

It's easier said than done. As simple as it sounds, not everybody finds it possible to relax. Chores that still need doing or the murmuring coming from your child's bedroom as they sleep, can be stressful. There are many ways you can learn to relax!

Relationship Reality: After A Baby

Samantha Glass | Posted 07.08.2017 | UK Parents
 Samantha Glass

You may have heard the phrase, "having a baby won't fix your marriage/relationship" - and quite rightly so. In some cases, bringing new life into the world may make the bond between you and your partner stronger in the long run, but first you have to get through the challenges that come with a new baby!

I Shouldn't Be Suprised By Lack Of Stigma

Naomi Barrow | Posted 26.07.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Naomi Barrow

The optician was absolutely fantastic. He was kind. He didn't treat me any differently at all. He even disclosed a little about his own mental health experiences. He took my medication history into consideration and really listened to me. I left the appointment and began to think about it. I was just so surprised by his reaction - or rather lack of reaction. I was pleasantly surprised.

Netflix Is Doing It, Again!

Reem El-Shazly | Posted 24.07.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Reem El-Shazly

Netflix needs to stop with T.V shows and movies that are supposed to help "spark a conversation" and "break the taboo" because they do so much more damage than help within the conversation.

Can I Be In A Healthy Relationship With Relationship Anxiety?

Samantha Glass | Posted 17.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
 Samantha Glass

What if her friends don't like me? What if he finds somebody better? What is the point if relationships end anyway? Are just some of the things that people with relationship anxiety may think. Just as every individual experiences general anxiety differently, people experience relationship anxiety differently too

Sticks And Stones?

Dr Louise Theodosiou | Posted 13.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Louise Theodosiou

Successive governments recognise the importance of investing in children's mental health, and the role of schools in developing wellbeing and recognising mental health needs. Yet the figures don't indicate enough of an improvement.

'What Have They Got To Be Depressed About?'

Beth Campagna | Posted 02.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Campagna

He battled a mental illness for 18 months before he brought it to an end in 2011. But despite how my dad's life ended, he was, and still remains, the most positive person I have ever known. Always upbeat, he loved to sing, crack jokes, act the fool. A sociable and out-going bloke with so many friends, a loving husband, dad and grandad. He was all the proof anyone needed that mental illness can happen to anyone.

Have You Ever Self-Harmed Without Realising?

Samantha Glass | Posted 19.06.2017 | UK Universities & Education
 Samantha Glass

With an average of one in ten people self-harming, it's important that we're all aware of the facts, the definition, and how we can help others. You may think that self-harm purely means somebody cutting themselves. This is not always the case; self-harm can describe many things people may do to themselves whilst experiencing overwhelming emotions.

Empty Bedsides: A Speech On Stigma

Karl Knights | Posted 12.05.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Karl Knights

Given today's climate - of perpetual mental health funding cuts, of denial and of recrimination - it is easy to give in to despair; to throw our arms up and scream, what can I do? It's easy to give into apathy. However I want to ask you to do something far bolder - hope.

Asking The Important Questions About Mental Illness

Cynthia Joyce | Posted 10.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Cynthia Joyce

One in four people are affected by mental illness, whether through your own experience or that of friends or family, you are unlikely to have travelled through life without being touched in some way. It's therefore unsurprising that so many of us are compelled to demand some sort of understanding. For us, and for future generations.

Mind Your Language - Talking About Mental Health

Max Harvey | Posted 08.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Max Harvey

Given this national pastime of oversharing, buoyed further by the unstoppable juggernaut that is our collective social media obsession, why aren't there more public conversations matters of the mind, on anxiety, stress and depression?

Why Mental Health Week Is Wrong

Richard Daniel Curtis | Posted 08.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Richard Daniel Curtis

Mental Health Awareness isn't just about a day, a week or even a month, mental health awareness is about a culture. Shoe-horning a culture shift into a week is not giving it the respect it deserves and will not work. What we need is long-term strategies to embed these changes.

It's Okay to Talk - But, It's Also Okay to Take Medication

Charlie Smith | Posted 26.04.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Charlie Smith

Over the past few weeks, mental health has been all over the media. Whether it be a documentary on the BBC about mental health and sport, or news about Prince Harry's experience of counselling, mental health has become a big talking point.

'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.

Could Employers Do More To Support Mental Health?

Richard Daniel Curtis | Posted 03.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Richard Daniel Curtis

I'm talking about the side of mental health we avoid talking about, the side that makes us feel embarrassed, the one that has a stigma and makes people feel uncomfortable - mental health problems. The truth is that throughout our lives we are very likely to experience a mental health problem, temporary or longer-term.

Mental Health Is Everyone's Business

Chris Harris | Posted 01.03.2017 | UK
Chris Harris

Today, the Prince's Trust Macquarie Youth Index report reveals that one in four young people wouldn't confide in anyone if they thought they were expe...

Supporting Your Partner Through Anxiety

Samantha Glass | Posted 01.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
 Samantha Glass

Being with somebody with anxiety is not a burden in any way. Neither of you are victims and if you chose to be with a person experiencing an anxiety disorder, life won't be too much different. However it may require a little more patience, care and a better understanding of one another - Which will only bring you closer together.

Early And Effective Intervention In Eating Disorders Depends On Us All

James Downs | Posted 26.02.2017 | UK
James Downs

This week is Eating Disorders Awareness Week - an annual event which sees charities and campaigners like myself come together in a week of activities aimed at informing the public about eating disorders, raising their profile as a collective priority in our society.

Sport, Men and Mental Health

Max Harvey | Posted 24.02.2017 | UK Sport
Max Harvey

I'm a jolly person. Those who've met me would probably agree. Others would say my chirpy demeanour is something that comes across pretty strongly in fact. So, I'm happy, right? My mental state is healthy, yes? Well yes, luckily it is. At the moment.

Time To Change - Men And Mental Health

Nicola Blackwood | Posted 23.02.2017 | UK Politics
Nicola Blackwood

Today's launch highlights that all men should have someone they feel comfortable talking about their feelings with and, where people need NHS help and support, this government is committed to delivering the highest quality mental healthcare.

Actions Speak Louder Than Words - The Mental Health Crisis

Meg Burchell | Posted 22.02.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Meg Burchell

The lack of urgency to make a positive change to the world of mental health treatment in this country terrifies me. Children's mental health cannot continue to be undermined or neglected. The government is failing our next generation, as well as the 1 in 4 adults who suffer from a mental illness. Change NEEDS to happen, not just talked about. After all, actions speak louder than words.

Why Questioning Trump's Mental Health Has Set Us Back Years

Helen Redding | Posted 19.02.2017 | UK
Helen Redding

The worst thing US psychiatrists have done is not to break with their principles - it's to forget their responsibility to everyone who suffers from mental issues to not perpetuate the stigma. And that is far more unethical.