Nobody has sung at me. I wasn't woken up with gifts, or breakfast in bed. I doubt there'll be a cake, unless the cafe at work decides it needs to use up all the eggs before the weekend. I'm going to work, and I'm continuing on with my day. But I am celebrating. I am celebrating harder than I celebrated my 21st birthday.
Contrary to what you might believe, SAD is not actually bought on by the weather that winter brings but by lack of exposure to natural light. And most importantly we shouldn't underestimate the significant effect it can have on the way we feel both physically and mentally. Here's why...
With World Aids Day fast approaching, it seems that the word HIV is on everyone's lips. The truth is, an HIV diagnosis is life-changing, and can trigger deep held fears about belonging, mortality and health, leading to depression, anxiety, and a loss of aspiration and self-care.
I can't get it in my head that politicians can't get it in their heads that most of our 21st Century woes are caused by mental illness; crime, addictions, disease, rape, suicide, domestic violence, child abuse is caused by something that is mentally misfiring in our brains.
George Osborne is already coming under fire for using the 'tampon tax' to fund women's charities, particularly those responding to abuse. Many are (rightly) asking whether women should have to pay tax on essential items to fund the services that help them escape abuse predominantly perpetrated by men. But despite these concerns, more money for chronically underfunded women's services is welcome. Now we must look at how we spend it.
It's argued we're becoming less sociable, more depressed, and that social media is corroding traditionally formed relationships, resulting in a rise in mental health issues, especially in young people.
Sara and I want to teach a brand new approach, a new PTSD thinking. We will be working with some of the very best in their professional fields, to help develop 'drug-free' civilian post traumatic stress disorder management tools and promote good Emotional Health Services.
The effects of mental health on our global society is has become much bigger, from suicide to depression and what we do in the next ten years could either avert crisis or cause further inequality creating catastrophe and adding burning fuel to this global pandemic.
Men have huge egos, fed by the modern society, the media and what we watch on TV, our fathers, our mates... this painted picture of what it takes to be a 'real man' is defeating us.
We've all experienced doubts, worries and anxiety; it's normal. Whatever it is that worries you and makes you anxious, it can be an annoying distraction that makes you feel uncomfortable. But too often, anxiety can make you physically unwell and leave you unable to think about anything else whatsoever.
I believe in equality and it's something I spend time thinking about... working out new ways to try and reach out to people in need, help change perce...
I didn't realise I had a mental health before 2009. This was probably one of the hardest of times of my life. I hit a crisis when there was a death in the family and I simply didn't know how to cope. I broke down crying. I was angry and upset and I didn't know how to deal with how I felt. I just knew that I wanted to escape those feelings. The hurt. The anger. The loss. The pain.
This week has perhaps shown we are making some progress in challenging the denigration of people with mental health conditions, but also made clear just how far we have to go still.
We are living in a world obsessed with perfectionism and image, but isn't it time we stopped the role playing and tell ourselves and each other, that actually it's OK to not be OK?
Over the past couple of years, we have seen progress and more recognition for children's mental health, along with the vital role that schools play in early intervention.
Back when I was 18 I lost my Dad to suicide. He was stable in his career, was loved by his family, friends, and most importantly looked after himself. He had a psychology degree, was a keen athlete, physiotherapist and read a lot of self help books.