Mental Health Stigma

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.

How Speaking Out Can Lead to Positive Change in Caring for People With Mental Illness

Lucy Deacon | Posted 13.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Lucy Deacon

Sitting in a board room full of heads of nursing and other patients and their representatives, I felt scared. In fact, I felt very scared. I don't know where my courage came from but I felt I had to speak about what mattered to me. So, I spoke up. It was time to talk.

How Do We Look When We Are Sad? Time to Change's Campaign Against Head-Clutching

Lucy Maddox | Posted 26.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Lucy Maddox

It's a challenge to represent emotions that are often private in a way that can be understood quickly, but the photos of people with their head in their hands tend to be stereotypical and fairly hopeless.

Mental Health: Shifting Discussion

Tobias Harris | Posted 29.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Tobias Harris

Awareness of mental health is not the problem at large - seeing it as something separate from us is. Whilst daily stresses and strains are the subject of polite small talk, depression or our anxieties crosses into foreign, undisclosed territory.

Six Honest Truths of Mental Health in the Workplace

Danielle Montgomery | Posted 31.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Danielle Montgomery

Not being able to come into the office to do your job because of some thoughts and emotions that you're finding difficult to deal with is alien to a lot of people, and often not taken seriously as a debilitating illness.

I Am Not My Illness

Claire Greaves | Posted 22.05.2015 | 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 25.04.2015 | 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 29.03.2015 | 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.