Mental Illness

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.

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.

Mental Health Awareness

Ruby Wax | Posted 16.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Ruby Wax

It was Mental Health Awareness Week again last week. It is a mystery to me as to why it's not Mental Health Week every day of the year? And what do they mean by mental health anyway? How can you be mentally healthy in a world that's nuts? If you feel like you're a normal person, the chances are that you're not mentally healthy, you're delusional.

This Non-Profit Removes Size Labels From Clothes Giving Eating Disorder Patients Chance To Recover

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 15.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle

A woman recovering from an eating disorder has turned her negative experiences into something positive, with the help of her close friend. Erin Drisch...

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.

YouTuber Slams Media For 'Romanticising' Suicide In Emotional Video

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 12.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle

A YouTuber has issued an emotional plea asking anyone who is having suicidal thoughts to reach out to those around them for help. Alexa Losey, 22, fro...

A Message For Every Mental Health Warrior

Fi Anderson | Posted 12.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Fi Anderson

Explaining what it's like to live with an eating disorder and depression is very simple; there is no living about it, you merely exist. As with any mental illness, they affect every area of your life whether that's the ability to hold down a job, build a relationship or simply concentrate on what the person in front of you is saying.

Celebrity Voices That For Once Should Be Heard

Jonathan Lee | Posted 11.05.2017 | UK Entertainment
Jonathan Lee

This is one area where the cult of celebrity really can help. We should be celebrating those who have come forward to tell their stories on a global scale. Because the only way we can remove the stigma is by encouraging everyone to talk about how they feel.

What Is Emotional Health And How Does It Relate To Mental Illness?

Nick Haisman-Smith | Posted 11.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Nick Haisman-Smith

We all know that we can promote good physical health through factors like exercise, diet and sleep, helping to prevent illness and support wellness and recovery after diagnosis or treatment.

It's Time To Squeeze The Zit That Is Mental Health

Katie Grace | Posted 11.05.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Katie Grace

I had previously decided to wait until I had finished my degree (three more glorious days) and submitted my final assignment before throwing myself back into blogging. However, my Twitter timeline notified me on Monday that it was Mental Health Awareness Week, triggering an internal battle within my DBD (death by dissertation) brain.

'Chase The Rainbow' Author Poorna Bell's Advice For Those Supporting A Loved One Through Mental Illness

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 10.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Author and journalist Poorna Bell has shared her advice for anyone supporting a loved one struggling with mental illness, following the death of her h...

Thirty Months On

Sangeeta Mahajan | Posted 10.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Sangeeta Mahajan

I am his mother. I am also a doctor. I died with him. An amputated heart and a bruised soul somehow keep the tatters of my being together. The undying love between mother and son sustains. It finds expression through writing every day.

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.

Mental Health Awareness Week: Awareness Isn't The Issue, A Lack Of Effective Approaches Are

Barry Richardson | Posted 10.05.2017 | UK
Barry Richardson

From Prince Harry's 20 year fight with mental health, Lady Gaga's PTSD, to J.K. Rowling's battle with depression, there are no shortage of high-profile figures raising awareness of mental health illnesses. Of course there is also the tragic awareness of adorned celebrities such as Alexander McQueen and Robin Williams, who both took their own lives to escape their mental health demons.

This Is What People Want You To Understand About Mental Illness

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 10.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle

We’re talking about mental health more than ever before, but sadly, many misconceptions around mental illness still exist. To further improve unders...

Woman Highlights How Depression Impacts Her Personal Hygiene In Moving Post

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 09.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle

A woman who has depression shared an eloquent and incredibly moving Facebook post, detailing her struggle with the mental illness. Katelyn Marie Todd ...

Acceptance Is The Answer According To The Queen Of Bad Choices

Claire Ayres | Posted 09.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Claire Ayres

For Mental Health Awareness Week this year I was asked to write a post for the charity I volunteer at on the national theme of surviving or thriving. Using this I've had a look back at my long history of mental illness and reflected on when I've been surviving and when I've been thriving.

We Need Action On Mental Health, Not More Sound Bites

Lord Victor Adebowale | Posted 09.05.2017 | UK Politics
Lord Victor Adebowale

The civil rights campaigner and poet Maya Angelou once said her mission was to thrive, not just survive. Like Angelou, we all want full and rewarding lives. Yet too many of us are struggling on a daily basis just to keep ourselves together emotionally.

Much More Action Is Needed To Solve The Children's Mental Health Crisis

Javed Khan | Posted 09.05.2017 | UK
Javed Khan

With children's mental health problems on the rise, it's clear that young people who are suffering need our support more than ever. Health professio...

How To Manage Strong Emotions And Impulsivity

Habiba Khanom | Posted 09.05.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Habiba Khanom

Rather than reacting impulsively with unhelpful consequences, we can CHOOSE a more helpful and positive response. I like to walk away, get out of the situation, because staying will not calm me down. Getting away and doing something else can make me calm down.

13 Things The Next Government Needs To Do To Improve Children's Mental Health

The Huffington Post | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 09.05.2017 | UK Parents

The mental health of children in the UK is in crisis: 90% of school leaders have seen an increase in the number of students experiencing anxiety and s...

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?

Depression: How To Defend Your Mind And Why It's So Important

George Woolfrey | Posted 08.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
George Woolfrey

If you're feeling shitty now, first and foremost know that it won't last, no matter how insistent the voice is telling you it will. Have a read of my original blog, and I also highly recommend Matt Haig's Reasons to Stay Alive for helping you feel that you're not alone/crazy.

How To Help Someone With A Mental Health Problem

Sophie Mei Lan | Posted 08.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Sophie Mei Lan

1) If you think/know someone has a mental health problem, mention it in confidence to them. Ask them how they're feeling? Don't assume. Lots of people think I'm fine as my natural facial expression is to smile. I really relate to the analogy 'tears of a clown.'

Verdict On 'Why Did I Go Mad?' Nice Try, Could Do Better

Rachel Egan | Posted 08.05.2017 | UK Entertainment
Rachel Egan

With Mental Health Awareness Week fast approaching, we have seen an explosion of mental health programmes on primetime TV. On Tuesday 2 May, BBC2 aired a 'Horizon' episode titled 'Why Did I Go Mad?' which looked at different experiences, different causes and different treatments for psychosis.