Mental Health Stigma

I Am Not My Illness

Claire Greaves | Posted 23.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Claire Greaves

I get annoyed when people refer to me by my mental illness, "Claire's mentally ill." "She's anorexic." No. Stop. I have a mental illness, I am not a mental illness. I have anorexia, I am not anorexia.

Mental Health and Employment Needs to Be on Everyone's Agenda

Paul Burstow | Posted 24.02.2015 | UK Politics
Paul Burstow

We need mental health and employment support available for everyone who needs it, whether to help them stay in work or get back into the labour market. And we need to become a nation of mental health friendly employers, where staff are able to talk about mental health difficulties in the knowledge that they will not be discriminated against or passed over because of it.

Why We Need To Talk About Mental Health Problems

The Huffington Post UK | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 05.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle

One in four people suffer from mental health problems each year in the UK, but many feel unable to talk about it for fear it may negatively affect the...

Making the Private Public: How 'Honest Blogging' Made Me Braver in Real Life

Amy Jane Smith | Posted 27.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Amy Jane Smith

Society breeds stigma, but by keeping these stories behind closed doors, sometimes so do we. Even if we have the best intentions. We perpetuate it by thinking these normal, more-common-place-than-we-realise, stories of illness such as addiction, have to be secrets. Maybe they don't.

On the Pill - The Stigma of Depression and Antidepressants

Christian Talbot | Posted 31.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Christian Talbot

I gave it some thought for a week, reading up on the anti-depressants that the doctor suggested and finally made the decision to give them a go. And I'm glad I did. It's probably the best decision I've made in years. Within a few weeks I was feeling much much better. Again it's hard to explain but that feeling of anxiousness has eased significantly.

Why Everyone Will Suffer If We Don't Start Looking at Mental Health Differently

Beth Burgess | Posted 07.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Burgess

It's World Mental Health Day 2014 this Friday, and despite the fact that one in four people will suffer from mental health issues in their lifetime, there still exists a damaging stigma towards having problems located in the mind.

Ever Had a Bad Day?

Matt Clifton | Posted 31.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Matt Clifton

Ever felt like you have had a bad day? I am sure you have had more than one, maybe you had a head-ache or perhaps a sickness bug? Well imagine if throughout your day/week or however long you had it, you were constantly told "just to get better or get over it" ...

Make Mental Health a Core Part of School Curriculum!

Matt Clifton | Posted 17.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Matt Clifton

Schools, you either love them or hate them, a little bit like Marmite I guess. Some say school years are the best years of your life, some even say school reminds them of their youth. But what do you think of when you reminisce about your youth? Do you see school as a good thing or do you feel let down by your school?

Time to Listen and Change Views on Mental Health

Matt Clifton | Posted 14.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Matt Clifton

Being diagnosed with Mental Health, in particular Depression and Anxiety at the age of 14 years was not easy to cope with. I worried about telling other people that I had Mental Health, it was never taught on the school curriculum and it appeared to me at the time, that many wouldn't understand the condition.

Thanks For Your Discrimination And Stigma

Gemma Parry | Posted 04.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Gemma Parry

Despite the fact that attitudes are different towards other health issues, and that attitudes towards issues such as sexuality, culture, ethnicity, gender and disabilities are changing, discrimination against people who are suffering with mental health problems are still very widespread.

Mental Health at Work: Show Leadership and Start Talking

Charlie Mowat | Posted 24.05.2014 | UK
Charlie Mowat

There must be many more people who have suffered mental ill health as I have, and yet still work and succeed. I want to take this opportunity to encourage business owners and employees to speak up and share your experiences, as the more of us there are having the conversation, the louder it will be.

We Need to Care About Children in Care

Adam Afriyie | Posted 12.05.2014 | UK Politics
Adam Afriyie

One in four people in Britain will experience a mental health problem during their lifetime. But while so many people brave these painful experiences, they remain one of the most difficult things to talk about in public...

Why Getting Therapy Makes You Cool

Beth Burgess | Posted 06.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Burgess

Seeing a therapist means that you are actually the sort of person who is willing to strive hard to be the best person you can be. People who make the effort to change are much more laudable than those who steadfastly refuse to address their issues, or who go through life content to be miserable and spread that misery to everyone they come into contact with.

Bringing Mental Health Out of the Shadows

Paul Farmer | Posted 22.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Paul Farmer

As the stigma recedes, the true unmet need for mental health services is beginning to show. Demand for talking treatments is outstripping supply, despite significant investment. The need to help people with mental health problems to find and stay in work is becoming increasingly apparent.

Criminalising Disability in the Media Has Disastrous Consequences for Vulnerable People

Hari Covert | Posted 14.02.2014 | UK
Hari Covert

The media is shifting blame from health service professionals, government policies, economic and labour market problems, towards the claimants themselves. This echoes the changing agenda of the coalition government peddling the notion that 'scroungers' are responsible for bringing the 'strivers' down...

The Black Dog Is My Worst and Most Severe Critic: Let's Try to Laugh About Surviving Depression

Malory Nye | Posted 31.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Malory Nye

There is something about this time of year. It is both the best of times and the worst of times. For the many people who struggle with depression in the UK, this time of year can be particularly challenging.

The Truth About 'Mental Patients'

Katy Gray | Posted 31.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Katy Gray

The first time I was on a psychiatric ward was in 2008 when I was 20. If I'm honest, I was petrified. In my mind, the other patients were going to murder me in my sleep or I'd have to protect myself from brutal people wanting to beat me up.

How Is Depression Different In Men?

The Huffington Post UK | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 31.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Movember may be a time where your normally clean-shaven boyfriend ditches the shaver to grow a moustache - and looks hilarious - but behind the fuzzy ...

Let's Talk About Depression

Anna Brown | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Anna Brown

I sat in front of the doctor and told him everything - he was fantastic. He explained what the chemicals in my brain were doing in a completely matter-of-fact way, and, most importantly, assured me that feeling like this was not my fault. That was the first step on the road to recovery.

Every Little Helps: Rejecting Stereotypes of Mental Illness Is A Step In The Right Direction

Luke Massey | Posted 26.11.2013 | UK Politics
Luke Massey

A "Mental Patient" fancy dress costume on sale at Asda and a 'Psycho Ward' costume at Tesco shows just how much further we have to go in destigmatising mental health issues. Ed Miliband was rightly lauded on Tuesday as he called for greater openness and discussion of mental health issues during his speech at Labour Party Conference.

'Don't Call Me Crazy'; Challenging Mental Health Stigma or a Mad Idea?

Rachel Egan | Posted 03.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Egan

Don't Call Me Crazy does a fantastic job of challenging stereotypes about mental health and is an honest and eye-opening portrayal of life inside a mental health unit, but does this excuse the impact the filming and screening may have on the recovery of these vulnerable young adults?

Suicide Isn't a Crime Therefore You Cannot 'Commit' It

Rachel Egan | Posted 05.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Egan

Based on medieval attitudes towards suicide which persisted until recently, using the word 'commit' does nothing to recognise the pain that an individual was going through before they took their own lives. Instead, suicide remains a taboo issue and the connotation of illegality and shamefulness adds to the stigma and grief felt by the deceased's family and friends.

Creating Hope Out of Your Depression

Professor Damien Ridge | Posted 02.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Professor Damien Ridge

When I told people I was going to go around the country and talk to dozens of people about their depression, the common response was "Oh, that sounds really depressing." But it was actually the opposite. The remarkable courage and creativity that people - dealing with depression and striving to get better - demonstrated, showed me the human spirit at its best.

Youth Charities' Campaign to Challenge Misconception About Self-Harm

Sarah Brennan | Posted 30.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Brennan

The charities hope that the awareness campaign will get people talking and help to reduce the stigma attached to self-harming which prevents many young people from seeking help. You can follow the campaign on Twitter via #selfharm and find out more about the campaign on each of the charities websites.

Re-Branding Schizophrenia - Would Changing the Name Make a Difference?

Dr. Sohom Das | Posted 27.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Dr. Sohom Das

hose who cringe at the S-word I suspect would eventually discover its successor (probably from reading the Daily Mail), and react similarly to the new name. I doubt changing in the terminology would improve their attitudes. Bigots are bigots.