Mental Health Awareness Week

My Journey From Surviving To Thriving

Katie Buckingham | Posted 14.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Katie Buckingham

At the age of 10 years old, I developed a series of anxiety disorders. I would experience panic attacks. I felt on edge and unable to relax and at one stage, this prevented me from leaving the house. I felt as if I was alone and did not realise that other people experienced the same issues as me. I was surviving.

It's Good To Talk About Mental Health, But Let's Say Something New

Dr Simon Newitt | Posted 14.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Simon Newitt

Nobody would seriously suggest the best way to tackle childhood obesity is by increasing the number of gastric band surgeries we perform, and yet this is the flavour of our current thinking on mental health, where the response of patients, professionals, celebrities and politicians seems limited to demands for more treatment by more trained professionals in more specialist services.

There's Always Someone Out There Who Cares About You

Aaron Davies | Posted 12.05.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Aaron Davies

Aaron Davies, 22, had an erratic school career, eventually leaving school in sixth form due to his mental health. In this blog to mark Mental Health Awareness Week, Aaron talks about his experience of depression, the value of support networks, and the message he'd like to send to young people going through similar tough times.

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.

Thriving And Surviving - Mental Health Awareness Week

Victoria Milligan | Posted 12.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Victoria Milligan

I have two children away at school and one at home, no husband to look forward to seeing in the evening or to prepare a meal for, much of my focus went. I have had to get used to this very different life and expand my life in other ways to fill the holes that have been left.

How I Learned To Love My Commute (And How You Can Too)

Rachel Moss | Posted 21.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Moss

Now I realise that may sound like one big lie, but let me reassure you it is possible to enjoy spending long periods of time on a train with someone's sweaty armpit in your face - you just have to train yourself in the art of happy commuting.

What It's Like To Live With Depression

Quora | Posted 12.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Why do I know this? Because I'm lying on the floor. On our 2nd floor landing at the top of the stairs. My head is pressed against the wood floor, my body might be on the carpet, not sure. I didn't plan to lie here, I just got overwhelmed in sadness and this is where I came.

How I Went From Oxbridge, To Reuters, To Parliament, To Breakdown

Katherine Baldwin | Posted 12.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Katherine Baldwin

That crack, that breakdown, that epiphany, while frightening at the time, was the best thing that ever happened to me. My mind, body, soul and spirit were trying to tell me something, trying to show me that my sanity and wellbeing lay in a different direction, on a different path.

'Mother' Means Hope

Amy Dear | Posted 12.05.2017 | UK Parents
Amy Dear

Having a mental illness does not make you less or a parent, and it doesn't mean you are wrong. It might mean that you need a little extra support, a little more time, or treatment - but it's an illness. And one for which recovery is possible. Please speak to someone if you feel the same. Please don't hide. You are not alone.

How Does OCD Affect Family Life?

Quora | Posted 12.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle

When you're tired, it's hard to remind yourself to separate the person you love from the disorder and say, "That's just his or her OCD." Because there's nothing "just" about OCD. And even if you can find acceptance, everything goes out the window with a family crisis. OCD hates disruption to established routines, and change is a four-letter word.

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.

How I Learnt To Manage My Depression So I Could Live A Full, Happy And 'Normal' Life And I Hope You Can Too

Becky Barnes | Posted 12.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Becky Barnes

Anyone who has met me and isn't one of my closest friends or family (unless they've spotted me disheveled in my pajamas taking delivery of another takeaway at the front door) would, I'd hazard a guess, not think I'm someone who has issues with their mental health.

Surviving Or Thriving - Mental Health Awareness Week

Dr Jessamy Hibberd | Posted 11.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Jessamy Hibberd

All too often life can feel like a competition to see who is the busiest. Our lives are filled with rushing, stress, anxiety and exhaustion. It's all about just getting through each day, ignoring tiredness and powering through. We're less in tune with our bodies and minds and there's little time left over to simply 'be'.

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.

How Facebook Is Rethinking Suicide Prevention Efforts

Ed Pinkney | Posted 10.05.2017 | UK Tech
Ed Pinkney

Although it might seem intuitive that this prevents users from being exposed to troubling content, blocking content too liberally can just as easily push offensive content or conversations to the shadowy fringes of the internet where troubling behaviour can be normalised.

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.

Tory Policies Are Fuelling The Mental Health Crisis - The Green Party Has A Different Vision

Jonathan Bartley | Posted 10.05.2017 | UK Politics
Jonathan Bartley

Today - as part of Mental Health Awareness week - we're proud to announce policies for a new vision for mental health in the UK. The Green Party has a vision for society which gets at the root causes of Britain's mental health crisis, because this isn't a problem which rests solely with the individuals affected by poor mental health. This mental health endemic is a social problem, and the Tories are to blame.

Good Mental Health And Wellbeing Starts In Childhood

Sir Tony Hawkhead | Posted 10.05.2017 | UK
Sir Tony Hawkhead

In a joint inquiry last week, MPs from the Health and Education Committees highlighted the fact that half of all cases of mental illness in adult life...

Why Men Need To Be Able To Talk About Their Feelings

Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 09.05.2017 | UK
Aubrey Allegretti

Aubrey Allegretti is a news reporter at HuffPost UK. As part of Mental Health Awareness Week, Aubrey talks about his own experiences with anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts, and on why it's important for men to speak out about their feelings.

'From One Crazy Person To Another': How A Mentally Ill Patient Saved My Life

Alicia Raimundo | Posted 09.05.2017 | UK
Alicia Raimundo

life less ordinary banner In that moment I saw a women, the world had deemed as not useful, save my life. It gave me a perspective that maybe my life was worth fighting for. And like a lot of suicidal folks, I picked something to live for - to see my sister graduate from high school. I decided to myself, that come hell or high water I would make it to that day. It wasn't easy - it included firing therapists who didn't work, meds that didn't work, and therapies that failed me - but I got there.

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.

Getting My Fix - Me And My Anxiety

Sarah Powell | Posted 09.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Powell

If you feel scared for no reason or there's a voice that's telling you you're rubbish and everyone else is fine or better, I want to tell you, it's just not true. You're a brilliant, good person and you don't have to live with feeling crap.

On Art And Insanity

Sahr Jalil | Posted 09.05.2017 | UK
Sahr Jalil

Vincent wasn't a rich man. He started a career in the city from a young age, but idealised a simpler life in the countryside. He wasn't a lucky man ei...

This Mental Health Awareness Week, Let's Look At The Bigger Picture

Hannah Clare | Posted 09.05.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Hannah Clare

Mental health does not exist in a vacuum, and if we are going to tackle this generation's wellbeing crisis we must recognise that mental health isn't just about what goes on in our heads - it is about where we live, where we work, the pressures we face and the oppression we experience in our day-to-day lives.

Mental Health Awareness Week And Living With OCD

Nina Bryant | Posted 09.05.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Nina Bryant

The World Health Organisation lists obsessive-compulsive disorder as one of the top ten causes of disability, and yet still some people think it's some funny quirk or personality defect.