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.
Growing up in today's world can be difficult. Negative comments on your Instagram, pressure to look a certain way, worries about exams or arguments you're your friends - these can lead to difficult thoughts and feelings for anyone. For some that could develop into a mental health issue. About three people in every classroom will experience a mental health issue. That means it's very likely that someone you know, or possibly even you could be affected.
Eventually your suicidal scale reaches boiling point and you can no longer keep it at bay. All consuming thoughts of death take over and the only rational thing to do is to die. In that moment, when my mind snapped like a twig, I had become calm and methodical.
In Student Unions across the country, discontent with the "National" Union of Students continues to grow. In Exeter, despite a narrow defeat, the Leav...
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I'm going to do something I'm not used to doing online. I'm going to talk about mental health, mine specifically. The importance of talking about mental health cannot be under-estimated and I am writing this as a way of feeding into the larger movement toward more open unprejudiced discussion.
For those of you in the recovery school - whatever stage - I am there and wish you the strength to keep going, one day at a time. Also remember that you are not alone; mental health affects 1 in 4 individuals. Every step forward, however small, is significant.
As I share my story, I am finding that I am so far from alone. That there are a lot of other adults out there who are using self-harm to manage their thoughts and feelings too. Some of them have done it since childhood - or like me have reverted to a coping mechanism of old. Others have discovered self-harm as a fully fledged adult.
Facts: The current annual economic cost of mental illness in the UK is £70billion, which is equal to the entire National Health budget. By 2030, the World Health Organization predicts more people will be affected by depression than any other health problem.
I've always been drawn to wildness. My infant days were filled with bluebell walks and mangled badger bones kept in jars, while rainy evenings found my little heart caught in the perils of Farthing Wood videos.
Anxiety out of work has bred anxiety in work. My crippling self-awareness of said anxiety in work and out of work has made me anxious to not be visibly anxious therefore ruining my entire life and giving me horrible, tough stomach butterflies in the process.
I've seen the impact that depression and anxiety can have on people's ability to perform and reach their potential. I've worked with managers and leaders who have either wanted to better support their own people facing mental ill-health, but not known how, to those who through a degree of ignorance, had taken the approach that people should just 'deal with it'.
When I first came to London, I moved in with a friend from school. It was an exciting time for me - new city, new housemates, new life. But it very quickly became clear that she was not well.
have this old friend. She occasionally turns up at my door, totally out of the blue. I don't see much of her any more but when she is here, it's like she has never been away. We met shortly after the birth of my eldest child. She came into my life and managed to get her feet firmly under the table.
My name is Laine Esperanzate, I am 17 and a creative laid-back free spirit. Having a history of low self-esteem, trust issues and identity issues led me into episodes of depression, constant panic attacks, self-harm and suicide attempts. But looking back, I've realised that mental health isn't a burden.