Mental Illness

Equality In Mental Health - From Intention To Action

Lord Kamlesh Patel | Posted 16.10.2017 | UK Politics
Lord Kamlesh Patel

The Prime Minister has stated her intention to tackle the 'burning injustices' in our society with wide-ranging social reforms. Any progress made among minority and marginalised groups with severe and chronic mental illnesses would serve her well as a measure of her success in mental health. However, to achieve this, more of the government's well-meaning words and intentions need to become actions - sooner rather than later.

Everything Is Not OK - Part Three

Ben Moore | Posted 16.10.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Ben Moore

Last month around this time I was writing about how my wife and I and our animals were facing eviction. As I sit down to write this... that hasn't changed. But that isn't what I wanted to talk about this time. This time I want to tell you that my rabbit has died.

Shaking The Shackles Of Abuse

Anneli Roberts | Posted 13.10.2017 | UK
Anneli Roberts

Being in an abusive relationship is like being outside and alone in a hurricane. The insults, criticism and threats weather you over time. Your worst fears and memories used against you, leaving you feeling raw and exposed. You're exhausted from all the fighting and chaos, but you just have to keep dodging obstacles.

Loving Someone With Mental Ill Health

Jo Caley | Posted 11.10.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jo Caley

Out of respect for my brother's privacy, I will not go into the details of what the catalyst was for his rapid slide into mental ill health, but just like I'm sure is the case with many others, our family did not see this coming - it was like a baseball bat had swung around and hit us right in the stomach.

How The Stigma Surrounding Mental Health Is Having An Effect On Students

Nader Dehdashti | Posted 11.10.2017 | UK
Nader Dehdashti

According to YouGov, one in four students is currently living with a mental health problem and nearly half of those students (47%) say they have diffi...

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.

World Mental Health Day - Let's Make Some Noise!

Ruby Wax | Posted 10.10.2017 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

It's mental health day (again). It seems to be every week now, which is a good way to remind people that the rest of the year it's still a problem. I...

Suicide Isn't Just Feeling Like You Want To Die

Amy Stevens | Posted 10.10.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Amy Stevens

Suicide has been in the media a lot over the past few years, particularly very recently with some amazing, talented, seemingly 'happy' celebrities taking their own lives. But suicide is still hugely misunderstood.

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.

The Importance of Mental Health Awareness

Bradley Cates | Posted 10.10.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Bradley Cates

Your mental health should be looked after. But when you suffer from a mental illness, it is a very difficult task to control and conquer. Even more so as it is often brushed aside and ignored. One problem with mental illness is that, in most cases, you can't see it. Sufferers have to paint a smile and pretend that everything is fine when it's the exact opposite, like I did. When you're at your worst and you're surrounded by people, your only choice is to pretend that everything is OK.

World Mental Health Day 2017: A Preventative Agenda For Mental Wellbeing

Angus Walker | Posted 10.10.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Angus Walker

With this approach, my hope is that we can eventually create a world without intervention at the point of crisis, where good mental wellbeing is woven into the fabric of our society and where we all lead healthier, happier lives as a result.

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.

Being Friends With Someone Who Has Mental Health Issues

Amy Stevens | Posted 06.10.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Amy Stevens

I have lost many friends over the years because of my mental illnesses but I have gained some fantastic ones too. I think, looking back, the reason these friends left my life is down to lack of understanding.

Woman With Chronic Condition Shares The Problem With Saying 'You Don't Look Ill'

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 29.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Milly Smith has had enough of people telling her she doesn’t look ill. The Instagram influencer, who can often be found raising awareness of mental ...

Augmenting Our Mental Health

James Hargrave | Posted 29.09.2017 | UK Tech
James Hargrave

Chaise longue are old hat in psychology now, Minecraft and Pokémon Go are in. I'm not being facetious, gaming is now a genuine, credible avenue for exploring new approaches to mental health.

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...

This Is What It's Like To Hear Voices When You Have Schizophrenia

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 18.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Despite growing public awareness of mental health issues, schizophrenia remains a widely misunderstood illness. According to a new survey from Rethink...

The Feeling Of Social Anxiety

Arthur Peirce | Posted 11.09.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Arthur Peirce

Those who have not experienced the common, yet unique stress of social anxiety, they would be forgiven for thinking that it marks itself as stress and fear in social situations. Perhaps an intense awkwardness. This is true and accurate, yet there is more.

JK Rowling Has No Time For People Who Think ‘Depression Isn’t Real’

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 08.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle

JK Rowling has issued a bold rebuttal to those who argue that “depression isn’t real”. The ‘Harry Potter’ author tweeted on the topic after ...

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.

Mum Pens Poignant Open Letter To The Partners And Husbands Of Women With Anxiety

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 21.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle

A parenting blogger has shared an emotional letter addressing every man who is supporting a woman with anxiety. Laura Mazza, who has anxiety herself,...

Mindfulness: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

Beth | Posted 21.08.2017 | UK Universities & Education

Ok, that might be a little bit of a dramatic title for this post but what I want to do is look at the big M word. That's right. Muffins. No, obviously not. Mindfulness. Everybody I seem to meet is familiar with this concept. It's like the latest trend that everybody wants a part of.

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.