While the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been having a taster training with the YoungMinds Parent Helpline to learn how volunteers on the service offer support, I've drawn together insights from my work as a family therapist on the best ways to approach difficult conversations.
We are after all, only human, there are things that we experienced, have happen, let happen, had done to us, whatever it may be. Although you may have 'dealt' with it, generally speaking, some of these experiences have a way of rearing their ugly head from time to time.
Dan asked the security guard if he had ever served in Afghanistan or Iraq. He said that if he had, he might understand why he was in the situation that he was in now. I told the guard that I did not feel he was safe to leave hospital premises.
The brain develops the connections according to what it experiences in those formative early years - those experiences are in the context of relationships. If your environment is one of violence and aggression, most likely the 'fight or flight' response will be overly developed. You will be more likely to over-react to situations of stress, and use aggression or violence.
Mental health illnesses affect 1 in 4 people. Is it really right that 90% of those face stigma and discrimination because of it? Mental health illnesses are a lot more common than most people think and in this post I am going to go over why people don't talk about mental health, why you should raise awareness for mental health and ways you can
For me, being admitted to hospital was a big turning point in my recovery. It was the 'kick' that I needed; it was the moment in which I sat down and faced up to why and what I was feeling.
Completely out of the blue I was feeling very low and the only change in my life was this little pill. So of course recognising the difference it made, I immediately stopped taking it. But not everyone has the awareness to realise that it could be the pill having this effect on them, particularly when they haven't been warned that it can have this side effect.
Going public with regard to mental health issues, past mistakes and life errors that most people would probably choose to closet, rather than use as examples in a book to help others was a huge gamble to take, but for me it was a venture worth the risk.
Mindfulness is giving attention to the experiences happening now, internal bodily sensations and external every day experiences. Rather than always being caught up in a web or thoughts or rushing from one activity to the next, we start to experience pauses and gaps to allow for insight.
Since the enjoyment of school is almost totally governed by whether a student is perceived as weak or strong by their peers, any public displays of emotion, whether crying, anxiety, or even extreme happiness, are to be avoided. Thus, suppression of feelings is essential to having a good time at school.
Despite the dangers involved, the law currently offers little protection for many facing street homelessness. Current homelessness statute in England effectively provides an 'all-or-nothing' approach where only households meeting restricted criteria qualify, leaving many with no help at all.
The breakdown hit me hard, it was manifested in a powerful wave of dread and fear that came inexplicably, but instantly rendered me almost crippled. Being in any closed in space was unthinkable - transport, impossible.
Children and young people's mental health is too important an issue to rely simply on local health leaders to lead change, especially given the wide variation in the quality of local plans and the significant barriers to progress identified in this report. This autumn, the Education Policy Institute Commission will use all this analysis to make detailed policy recommendations for national and local health and care leaders... Future in Mind must be implemented effectively so children and young people with mental health problems in this country get early access to the high quality support they need.
My big brother died on Tuesday. It was a massive, horrible shock, even though we have always known that people with his condition live on average twenty years less than the rest of us. My Dad lived to 82, my Mum to 88. Donald was 62. His condition was schizophrenia. His illness, not mine, is the real reason I campaign for better understanding and treatment of mental illness, not least because people who have schizophrenia do have such shortened life expectancy.
I set up our Suicide Crisis Centre precisely because the crisis team, and the alternatives within the charity sector, didn't work for me, and I felt that a new and different form of support was needed.
They give you medication to stop depression and suicidal thoughts, but the medication itself induces suicidal thoughts for the first couple of weeks. For that reason, I'm glad I slept for so much of the time. When I was awake, I'd just be thinking about how sharp the knife was that my boyfriend was eating with.