Mental Illness

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.

Artist Channels How Depression Feels Into Beautiful Drawings

HuffPost | Rachel Moss | Posted 16.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Artist DestinyBlue has grappled with mental health issues throughout her life, starting with anxiety, which later gave way to depression and suicidal ...

Deliciously Stella Gets Real About The Pressure To Be Funny While Living With Mental Illness

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 14.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Bella Younger, aka Deliciously Stella, is famed for her hilarious parody Instagram account, which pokes fun at wellness bloggers. But the comedienne, ...

Suicide Can Take Anyone, Even The Most Loved And Gifted

Marcus Chapman | Posted 09.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Marcus Chapman

Many men just don't feel able to talk about their deepest issues and fears. To do so is weak, it's failing, it goes against every grain and sinew of the male culture and existence. We're told men are supposed to be strong, tough, and resilient. They're wired to be the breadwinner, ever-able to deal with pressure.

Asking For Help Is A Strength, Not A Weakness

Beth | Posted 08.08.2017 | UK Universities & Education

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.

I'm An Anti-Stigma Campaigner, But We Shouldn't Let Mental Illness Off Lightly

Lucy Nichol | Posted 07.08.2017 | UK Entertainment
Lucy Nichol

We absolutely need more context and balance. But in the meantime, we also need to remind people of the devastating impact of mental illness in order to continue to fight for the funding and services we need.

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!

We Should All Share Sir James Munby's Outrage: We Are Failing Our Most Vulnerable Girls

Katharine Sacks Jones | Posted 07.08.2017 | UK
Katharine Sacks Jones

This girl, and the many thousands like her across the country, deserve better. They should be not be left in situations where their lives are at serious risk, but instead should be able to expect care and treatment to deal with the underlying trauma they've faced, to get well and to build a future for themselves.

Five Things You Need To Understand About Someone Living With Depression

Beth Campagna | Posted 02.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Campagna

"I would rather have cancer." This was something my dad once said to me when he was struggling with his mental health. It was met with horror from me.  How can you say you would rather have cancer? What an awful thing to come out with. But when someone chooses to end their life rather than continue to suffer with their illness you know that the place they were in really was that bad.

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.

Taking Control

Fiona Kennedy | Posted 24.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Fiona Kennedy

Over the last six months or so, my attitude towards mental health and mental illness has shifted quite dramatically. It hasn't been an easy shift, or one that happened overnight. In fact, I resisted it quite strenuously because it flies in the face of everything I had come to believe. It's been slow and frustrating and has progressed by tiny, tiny increments, but all those little steps are starting to add up and I now find myself with a very different perspective.

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.

There's Nothing Wrong With Men Crying

Bradley Cates | Posted 17.07.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Bradley Cates

Does crying make you any less of a man? Of course not. Crying is an emotion, like joy and fear. It's perfectly natural. So why is it considered a bad thing to do if you're a man?

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

'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.

Can You Hear It?

Lucy Farrington-Smith | Posted 28.06.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Lucy Farrington-Smith

We can't judge people for being loud, or noisy, or throwing messy energy around like confetti at the wrong time. Tolerance is something I'm working on, and it's something we all need a little more of. And, as much as I wish my exterior matched my interior, it doesn't, and it probably never will. So, I'm trying not to see people as one static image, and I hope you will try, too - because you never really know what's happening inside beneath it all.

You Are Succeeding By Surviving

Naomi Barrow | Posted 26.06.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Naomi Barrow

To all of you who are feeling pretty rubbish at the moment because everyone seems to be succeeding and progressing, and you feel like a sad, stuck, blob... I want to remind you how wonderful you are. Continuing to wake up every day despite all the setbacks you encounter is so brave. It's so admirable.

The Perfection Paradox: Why It's Taking So Long To Launch Fat Girl

Clementine Prendergast | Posted 20.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Clementine Prendergast

The Fat Girl initiative encourages us to accept perceived flaws, recognising bodily perfectionism as an illusionary and ultimately redundant concept. I believe these imperfections are metaphoric of our wider worldly struggles, using the word "fat" as an expression of emotional mess.

Five Tips For National Carers Week

Alison Murdoch | Posted 16.06.2017 | UK
Alison Murdoch

"Whenever possible be kind. It is always possible," says The Dalai Lama. When life is at its most unfamiliar, depressing or frightening for your family and friends, please don't back away - it's when they need you most.

Full Time. Part Time. All the Time

Rebekah Smith | Posted 12.06.2017 | UK Parents
Rebekah Smith

It's not easy returning to work; back to the routine, back to caring about something more than nap times, feeds and tantrum negotiation. I returned three weeks ago, changing from full time to part time. I still work the equivalent of four days a week and it sometimes feels as though I am trying to 'have it all' - but why shouldn't I have my own identity, career and earnings.

Using Sport To Cope With Life For Better Mental Health

Lawrence Dallaglio | Posted 08.06.2017 | UK Sport
Lawrence Dallaglio

I am constantly impressed to see our young people succeed, they have true determination and strength to be able to recognise their problems and better themselves. Participating in a new sport which is built on a foundation of encouragement and support really can offer a winning combination. The real question now is, what can these young people teach us?

A View Of The Manifestos: Mental Health

Danny Bowman | Posted 06.06.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Danny Bowman

The prominence mental health has played in the manifestos is a victory not just for those suffering from mental health problems and the clinicians working in mental health, but for our society in general.

It's Not All In Our Head: Physical Symptoms Of Depression

Naomi Barrow | Posted 01.06.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Naomi Barrow

Depression may impact other parts of our bodies, too - including our blood glucose levels, bone density, menstrual cycle, sex drive, and sleep. Additionally, any medication we take for depression can also have physical side effects.

How To Reduce Your Child's Anxieties

Katie Woodland | Posted 31.05.2017 | UK Parents
Katie Woodland

But, trust me you're not even going to be bothered about winning the prize for yourself (no matter how competitive you are as a parent) - by day 14 just doing this will make your household a calmer, happier and more joyous place to be which is a phenomenal prize in itself!