Mental Health Stigma

Would Online Therapy Help Us Cope With the Current Mental Health Crisis

Keavy Lynch | Posted 06.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Keavy Lynch

Bravery comes in many forms. We need to be brave enough to admit that some battle wounds are the invisible ones we carry every day, brave enough to seek help and no longer suffer in silence, brave enough to admit that more needs to be done in terms of NHS mental health funding, or brave enough to lead the way in research and technology for future therapies.

Why Am I So Open About My Mental Illness?

Habiba Khanom | Posted 24.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Habiba Khanom

A lot of people tell me that I am "brave" for being so open about my mental health problems. But one of the reasons why I am open is because I don't want "brave" to be a connotation for opening up mental illness anymore. I want people to talk about their issues without being scared of people's reaction.

Early Intervention: What's Holding Us Back?

Emma Louise Pudge | Posted 17.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Emma Louise Pudge

I am optimistic about what early intervention can achieve for people with eating disorders, but early intervention needs to take place earlier.

Talking to Your GP About Mental Health Doesn't Have to Be Difficult

Paul Farmer | Posted 10.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Paul Farmer

This week we've seen lots of news about mental health - from claims that a blood test can predict responsiveness to antidepressants to a suggestion th...

Nine Things Voice-Hearers Want You to Know

Nikki Mattocks | Posted 31.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Nikki Mattocks

A voice hearer is someone that hears voices or noises that other people do not. It may or may not be associated with a mental health problem. Voice hearing is still a very stigmatized experience largely because it is so misunderstood, as a voice hearer myself i hope this helps you to understand...

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 09.06.2016 | 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.