Mental Illness Stigma

World Mental Health Day: Time For Business And Government To Make Substantive Changes

Catherine West | Posted 10.10.2017 | UK Politics
Catherine West

For the sufferer of mental illness, the effects are widespread and dangerous. Disorders spanning eating disorders and psychosis to anxiety and depression are causing significant and long-lasting distress. The human tragedy is devastating. We know that this is even more the case if people suffer in silence.

Diabetes And Depression - No One Should Ever Have To Filter Their Feelings

Zoe Morris | Posted 10.10.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Zoe Morris

I already suffered from depression and anxiety previous to my diagnosis. Up until that point I had managed to get it under control to a degree and I was medication free. However, being given some news as life changing as that can have a traumatic effect on your mental state and for me personally it really knocked me back.

Bipolar Is Not A Fashion Statement

Katie Conibear | Posted 10.10.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Katie Conibear

People seem to hold on to the idea that bipolar can make them seem more interesting; that others will see them as edgy and vibrant, or brooding and mysterious. It's infuriating that there are those that are playing make believe because they want their lives to be more exciting.

Living With A Secret: Pure O

Gina Hadden | Posted 09.10.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Gina Hadden

Go onto any OCD forum and you will see hundreds if not thousands of people desperately seeking advice and help for their Pure O. More likely than not the internet is their only source of help and support. They are afraid to confide in family members and doctors for concern of being misunderstood.

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...

My First Coping Mechanism

Anneli Roberts | Posted 27.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Anneli Roberts

I thought about death almost hourly. I knew in my heart that at any given moment I could lose my mum. I also understood that at any moment I could drop dead, and that isn't the nicest thought to have with your Weetabix.

Some People With Depression Don't Know They Have Depression

Dr. Sohom Das | Posted 20.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Dr. Sohom Das

You'd be forgiven for thinking that depression is merely low mood. It's much more intricate and multi-layered than that.

Is My Child's Anxiety Normal?

Samantha Glass | Posted 19.09.2017 | UK Parents
 Samantha Glass

As a parent, the last thing you would want is for your child to hurt or have a bad experience. However, anxiety is one of the most common mental healt...

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.

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.