Mental Health Stigma

Would You Be Allowed to Have a Mental Health Problem?

Cal Strode | Posted 29.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Cal Strode

Today I received a letter from somebody who found it difficult to believe a young woman's story of living with mental health problems and self-harming. The letter asked if things could have really been so bad, pointing out that they thought she appeared to be 'attractive', 'intelligent' and had attended university, all things the author felt placed her at considerable advantage.

Fighting Depression

Steph Ware | Posted 25.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Steph Ware

My bed became my prison, with a constant daily battle to get up and carry on with life. Although I managed to carry on successfully in employment, the struggle was real- I put on a lot of weight, lost a lot of confidence and was not acting like my bubbly self.

We Need to Talk About Mental Health at Oxbridge

Tanne Spielman | Posted 28.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Tanne Spielman

It seems like there is continuous media coverage of Oxbridge, veering between reverence of academic success and revilement of elitism. Yet, mental wellbeing is not discussed enough, even though it is a setting which amplifies and highlights the serious challenges facing university students across the country.

Successful Schools Are Those Which Equip Students For All Of Life, Not Just Exams

James Downs | Posted 28.04.2016 | UK
James Downs

We don't need to look at rigorous scientific studies to know that the formative years of our lives are hugely important in determining how we will far...

Diagnosis Ruebi

Ruebi Bailey | Posted 25.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Ruebi Bailey

Recently I've become incredibly frustrated by people addressing me or my mood as one of the disorders I have rather than properly introducing me or establishing why my mood is that way.

Depression: What You Don't See

Jayne Hardy | Posted 18.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jayne Hardy

To help increase awareness and understanding, we're asking people to share their insights and experiences with us - we want to highlight the reality of depression, the bits you can't always see. We're determined to challenge the stigma around what depression 'should' look like, and show the world that ANYONE can be affected by poor mental health.

'I'm A Little Bit OCD' - Why Having OCD Is Not About Liking Things to Be a Certain Way

Katie Simon Phillips | Posted 20.03.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Katie Simon Phillips

Due to my OCD, a lot of things, if not everything in my life, is a certain way. The structure of every day is exactly the same and my routines and rituals could not be more rigid if they tried. Everything I do each day is exactly the same as I did it the day before but that is not in any sense because that is the way in which I like them.

The Mental Health of Modern Day Women

Andrea Nicole | Posted 11.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Andrea Nicole

There's a stigma going around; it's called mental health and people rarely talk about it or give it any credence until they find themselves in a bit of a mental 'pickle' and can associate with the sometimes devastating effects.

'It's More Than Just Feeling a Little Tired': Five Things You Should Understand About Living With M.E

Tayana Simons | Posted 01.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Tayana Simons

Imagine what it would feel like waking up every single day feeling like you've had no sleep at all. Not being able to make plans because you're worried that you may be too tired to even talk when it comes to the occasion. Laying in bed, unable to move, your body aching, but adrenaline telling you to get out and enjoy the day when you barely have enough energy to make a cup to tea.

Self-Harm Awareness Day: Why Is My Child Hurting Himself?

The Huffington Post UK | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 01.03.2016 | UK Parents

Of all the difficult conversations parents have to broach with their children - talking about self-harm is a topic many struggle to approach. But w...

Helping Young People Succeed

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 25.02.2016 | UK
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

We would not detect diabetes, asthma or anemia and then not treat it. The same standard practices of screening and intervening also must exist for emotional and behavioral problems in youth.

When the Stigma Around Mental Health Meets the 'Rules' of Masculinity

Jack Colyer | Posted 22.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Jack Colyer

For so many men who are suffering with a mental illness, reaching out for help is made twice as hard: the stigma around mental health joins forces with the 'rules' of masculinity often deterring men from discussing their emotions and seeking help when they need it most...

Is Mental Health Suitable Dinner Table Discussion?

Maliha Reza | Posted 18.02.2016 | UK Parents
Maliha Reza

How can a parent help their child who is dealing with mental health problems? I asked various young people for the answer to this question. Many responded with their own experiences, or what they would want their parent(s) or carers to do, or say.

We Have to Talk About Our Collective Mental Health

Dr Simon Newitt | Posted 16.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Simon Newitt

It's not often though you get much analysis about what and where this stigma originates. Campaigns that seek to challenge it seem exclusively to pursue the logic that by talking more openly about mental health, we normalise the subject and thus reduce discriminatory attitudes.

I Am Determined to Go Into Journalism - Despite Having a Disability

Sophie Dishman | Posted 12.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Sophie Dishman

I want you to give this some thought. Should I or anyone else be stopped from doing what they want to do because they have a disability? The answer should always be no. Alas, with mental health problems like mine, I'm battling my mind constantly. What if? Did this happen? Will I?

Two Thirds of Us Feel Better After Talking About Our Mental Health - That's Why It's Time to Talk

Alistair Burt | Posted 04.02.2016 | UK Politics
Alistair Burt

That's why today is so important. It is time to change those attitudes to mental illness and it is time for us to talk to one another about how we are feeling. If we all take the time to talk to a friend or colleague about how we are feeling, or about our experiences of mental illness, we can help change the way two thirds of people are feeling.

Ten Common Misconceptions About Mental Health

Katie Buckingham | Posted 29.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Katie Buckingham

Just like we all have physical health, we all have mental health. To many, the terms 'mental health' and 'mental illness' mean the same thing, but just like we can have positive physical well-being, we can also have positive mental well-being.

'Is There Anything I Can Do?' - Starting Conversations About Self-Harm

Rachel Piper | Posted 07.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Rachel Piper

One in 12 young people in the UK self-harm yet all too often their friends and family are unsure about what to do or how to help. I spoke to a student who has experienced self-harm, about what helped her most and how the stigma around self-harm can be broken down.

Target Criticised For 'OCD' Christmas Jumper That 'Trivialises Mental Illness'

The Huffington Post UK | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 11.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Nothing says Christmas like making fun of a serious mental illness, does it Target? The US superstore has come under fire on Twitter for selling a ...

Why You Shouldn't Tell Someone With Depression to Adopt a 'Positive Outlook'

Claudia Hyde | Posted 10.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Claudia Hyde

Often we react badly to the actions of people with mental illness out of ignorance. Sometimes we do so even when we are trying to help. Avoiding the wrong kind of reaction is often a question of recognising a mental illness for what it is: an illness, and failing to understand it in this vein often has harmful consequences.

Why I'm Kicking Anxiety Out of the Driver's Seat

Amber Bell | Posted 13.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Amber Bell

Anxiety is the creature that digs its claws in and drags you out of your comfort zone. Anxiety is panic attacks, paranoia, insomnia and crippling worry. Anxiety clouds your decisions. Anxiety leaves you feeling like the dirty product of a one night stand.

Stamping out the Stigma Behind Depression and Expert Advice on Seeking Help

Dr Claudia Bernat | Posted 09.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Claudia Bernat

Stigma and misunderstanding hang around mental health, discouraging people from speaking up and seeking help. Just telling someone that you have depression can feel like an admission of failure. But why is this still the case when our understanding of mental health has come so far in recent years?

It's Time to Stop Blaming the Mentally Ill

Charlie Smith | Posted 05.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Charlie Smith

This week, World Mental Health Day is taking place and I plead with you that instead of ignoring the day, or using it as a day to further victimise those who are already drowning in society's stigma, you use the day to teach others. You use the day to tell others that mentally ill people aren't bad people. They aren't "violent loonies". Being ill certainly does not make them a "threat to society" but, instead, quite the opposite.

I'm Not Responding But I Still Really Care

Kate Elliott | Posted 07.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Kate Elliott

I normally have texts to reply to, Facebook messages to read, letters I ought to be writing and sending; but sometimes I just don't have the brain space to respond. It's hard when you have a day when you're feeling low or finding it hard to muster together the motivation to do all of the things you need to and then there's being sociable added in too.

Mixed Bag for Mental Health Since May's Election

Paul Farmer | Posted 14.08.2015 | UK Politics
Paul Farmer

We want to see the Government take a more holistic view to prevent people becoming unwell in the first place and support people to make ends meet when they're not currently able to work. Mental health is a key issue for all politicians. With the comprehensive spending review approaching, now's the time to give mental health the investment it deserves.