Anxiety: that inexplicable feeling similar to the one you get just before something bad happens in a scary film, as the foreboding music starts playing. Of course, anxiety can be triggered by a number of events, experiences or situations, but most prolonged periods of anxiety are underpinned by one or more of the following...
Today is International Men's Day. CALM, Campaign Against Living Miserably, launches a new music project called 'Torch Songs', which invites any male musician to cover the song they go to for comfort and inspiration when life darkens.
My life is now also inextricably linked to sheds of a slightly different kind - Men's Sheds - shared workspaces bringing older men together to stay healthier and happier for longer. Important work given that over 75% of UK suicides are by men, with the figure in Ireland even higher at 80%.
It was no surprise to me that perinatal mental health featured highly on the night. 2016 has been an incredible year for coverage, and postpartum psychosis was the most highly covered condition across the awards - attributed to the Eastenders storyline early this year.
Given that erectile dysfunction is a common side effect, not only of depression, but also sometimes the antidepressants used to treat it, are we piling on to laugh at an issue that is just a further cause of shame and embarrassment to people who are already struggling in life?
When you think about self-care you might think of pricey spa days, holidays, and the sort of indulgences that many of us either can't afford or just d...
On March 4th 2009 my Dad left the house, walked 15 minutes to a busy road and stepped in front of a lorry. He died on impact. I was 18 (a month off 19) at the time and that was the day that changed my life.
What there may need to be is a greater, wider understanding of how these causes affect the mental health of the children who suffer them. As, again, a great deal of childhood mental health problems are environmental rather than biological.
Cancer feels to me like a faceless foe. People talk of fighting, and beating cancer, but how can you fight what you cannot comprehend or see? At some point soon my fight will involve chemotherapy; transparent, toxic and potent fluids committed to fighting for me.
People tend to make assumptions about gap years. I was probably not ready for university, not mentally stable enough to make it through the year or I ...
I dedicate my award to my best friend who passed away due to various issues one being mental health problems, as well as to anyone who is struggling with their own physical and mental health. Sometimes it can feel as though we are travelling a long road to see the changes we know need to happen to improve the lives of everyone living with a mental illness, but we must not give up.
Depression in men is a complex challenge that requires much more research from the clinical research community and more creative thinking from policy-makers. Improving the detection, diagnosis and treatment of depression in men is a worthy ambition.
Why, if women are feeling marginalised at work and mistreated by their male colleagues, should they be the ones who have to work hard to fix this? But also, let's be honest: once a derogatory comment's been thrown out there - making a phone call for advice on a comeback isn't the cleverest way to respond. You need to do it there and then.
Many people with a mental health condition struggle with their finances. For some, it means sliding into debt. People with mental illness are three times more likely to be in debt. This may add to the pressures and anxieties which are triggers for the mental illness. It can become a vicious spiral of money worries, illness and growing debt.
To love someone with postnatal depression must be incredibly hard and exhausting at times and requires so much patience. My darling husband has really been my rock especially over the last 18 months and has been a constant cheerleader to me. He has seen me at my worse, he has seen me broken, he has seen me hate myself and has still been able to love me.
I have been a member of Girlguiding my whole life and was going to weekly Rainbow meetings before I was even born (my Mum was a leader). Twenty years later it's still something I spend a lot of my time doing - I absolutely love it!