Hadia Tajik, the Vice President of the largest political party in Norway, was challenged on national radio by Health Minister Bent Høie; would she still punish drug users? Her reaction; being evasive, making a point of being against legalization and saying young people using illegal drugs at a party to 'act cool' should expect to be met with punitive sanctions.
For as long as I can remember I have experienced distressing episodes of "loudness" where my mind races, my body freezes and I struggle to distinguish what is real. I would hear and see things that, I'm told, aren't there.
One day I hope that we won't need a World Mental Health Day. If the aims of this annual event are eventually met, then mental health will at last be something that we are all aware of. Talking about our current emotional state will be as as normal as talking about our physical aches and pains, and awareness-raising days will only be needed for particular conditions, as with physical health
A child's mental health problems will not come to an end like its awareness day - quite the opposite. This issue requires an ongoing, coordinated way of thinking that makes the best use of new approaches including technology; and this is very much the case when it comes to children.
I like to endorse a less conventional method, one that deserves greater attention all together. Video games. As the audience gasps at the medium supposedly causing millennial violence and promoting poor health - hear me out. I genuinely believe the entertainment supposedly damaging our minds is a vessel for clearing them.
I shake their hand but I can't remember their name because I'm too busy going through escape options in my head. I'm thinking about hiding behind the plant, wondering if I would survive a leap out of the second floor window, and fantasising about a zombie invasion that would break this party up.
The majority of businesses have been slow to put in place both preventative strategies to keep employees happy and healthy and also ensure that staff who do suffer from mental health problems have access to the right support and expertise.
Mental health care should be equal to treatment for physical health problems- and just as accessible and available. That's what the coalition governm...
The removal of eating disorders from the APMS document only adds to the feeling that we aren't being given the gravity that other mental health conditions get. Eating disorders currently receive the least amount of research funding per pound compared to other mental health problems
Often, we don't notice how many things we have going on at once until we reach a point where we can't manage. For some of us, this can become an ongoing problem. Most of us can benefit from taking some time to stop, and focus on right now, before stepping back into the bustle of our lives.
OCD can be a distressing condition but it's treatable and there is help available. Remember, you're not alone and speaking to someone about your condition can greatly improve your quality of life.
On January 30th 2012, I lost my father to suicide. That day truly changed me forever, and I've always vowed since then that I would do anything possible to help in mental health charities or talk.
We all have voices in our head. Rather than suppressing them and keeping them quiet, Beyond the Ridiculous bring them out to play. Last Sunday even...
Open Dialogue might offer me a way to work that my father, were he still sitting by that fire, might understand, respect and respond to. For those living with severe mental illness, it could offer more hope of life after recovery.
We know already that half of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14 and that mental distress costs the economy in England over £105 billion each year. I profoundly hope that all the recent reports and publicity translate into actions that really make a difference.
Well, Mr Høie, today is the day I on behalf of over 10.000 of my fellow addicts in Norway finally can and will identify you as a minister of health, also for us, not only working to benefit the health of people with cancer, diabetes and heart diseases. Today we can take in over us the fact that you, as the most powerful health politician, finally, as I did with you in New York, sees us, both as human beings with resources that society can benefit from.