Mental Illness

Give Families Breathing Space To Escape Debt Trap

Matthew Reed | Posted 22.09.2016 | UK
Matthew Reed

Children can't take out loans - but they can suffer the consequences of aggressive creditors all the same. The Children's Society is deeply concerned that bailiffs, utility companies and local councils who chase struggling parents over unpaid debts may be inflicting real damage to children's mental health.

I Am Pagliacci

Arthur Peirce | Posted 19.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Arthur Peirce

There is a very old joke; it has appeared in different forms over the years, most famously in Alan Moore's seminal graphic novel Watchmen. Most retel...

The Evil Of The Human Mind

Bradley Cates | Posted 12.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Bradley Cates

The human mind can be deceiving at times. But if you're suffering from a mental illness, it becomes your enemy. It makes you believe things you don't want to believe. It makes you think about things you don't want to think about. It makes you feel useless when you're not useless at all. It can completely overpower you and it forces you to think negatively. No matter how hard you try to stay positive, your own mind doesn't like positivity and wants to make you suffer.

The Importance of World Suicide Prevention Day

Arthur Peirce | Posted 12.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Arthur Peirce

The 10th of September, is World Suicide Prevention day. It is a day that often passes unmarked, and unmentioned. However, awareness of suicide, how ...

Remembering Sally Brampton

Karl Knights | Posted 07.09.2016 | UK Entertainment
Karl Knights

Her book performed a rare feat. It penetrated the unfathomably isolating pain of mental illness. Her writing assured me that I wasn't alone. Her writing was unblinking in its honesty and it showed a complete lack of self-pity. It lacked the jocular cheerfulness that writing on depression is often mired with.

The Myth Of The 'Romantic' Suicide

Arthur Peirce | Posted 06.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Arthur Peirce

The idea that there is some beauty or romance in suicide, some tortured individual or couple finally freeing themselves from pain and suffering is irresponsible. Were all suicides talked about as they should (and often are) as cataclysmic, moments of human suffering, then it is quite possible there would be fewer.

On Silence (Part 1)

Ruby Wax | Posted 07.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Ruby Wax

I was always curious what the effects of a long silent retreat would be? Would I be enlightened? Would I have a nervous breakdown? You have both experiences but they alternate minute by minute. Just when you think you've reached Buddhahood because your mind is clear, the familiar negative thoughts smash in and shoot you down; reminding you what a jerk you are.

Stripped Bare

Sharon Bull | Posted 24.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Sharon Bull

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.

The Reality Of Antidepressants

Hannah Rainey | Posted 16.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Hannah Rainey

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.

Ellie's Story: An Avoidable Death. Why We Need To Treat Addiction And Mental Illness Together

Joy Hibbins | Posted 12.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Joy Hibbins

This is Ellie's story which I hope highlights the need for changes in the way we help people who are using alcohol or other drugs and who also have significant mental health issues.

No-One Is Immune to Depression

Bradley Cates | Posted 12.08.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Bradley Cates

Two years ago yesterday (August 11th), Robin Williams committed suicide. Before his shock death, he had suffered from severe depression. A lot of people would not expect someone so adored and so successful to suffer like that and end his own life. However, that is not the case. Anyone can suffer from depression, no matter how great your life has been.

The Questions Depression and Anxiety Sufferers Think About

Bradley Cates | Posted 05.08.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Bradley Cates

I never encountered any abuse towards me, but I have read some distasteful comments about depression and anxiety in general. The important thing is by talking about your struggles, you are ready to deal with it and you are gradually conquering it, and it will make you a lot better.

Jeremy Hunt, You Need to Sort Out the Mental Health Service - Now!

Suzanne Day | Posted 01.08.2016 | UK Politics
Suzanne Day

What I am going to write in this post isn't going to shock people. There is no big revelation hidden within it. But I have come to the conclusion that if Jeremy Hunt isn't constantly nagged about the state of the Mental Health Service in England, nothing is actually going to be done about it.

Depression Isn't Making Men Commit Suicide, Society Is

Adrienne Titley | Posted 01.08.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Adrienne Titley

The solution starts with you and what you can do to help tackle the stigma. If the fact that men are committing suicide at an astonishing rate isn't making you ask serious questions about our society after reading this, I don't know what will.

I Lost My Dad to Suicide a Year Ago, Here's What Happened in 12 Months

Adrienne Titley | Posted 28.07.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Adrienne Titley

I never thought I would lose my dad at a young age, let alone to suicide. To anyone reading this who may be going through the same grief, you're not alone. Don't let anyone tell you that grief has a time frame... it absolutely does not. Take all the time you need. It's ok to be selfish.

Depression Is Nothing to be Ashamed of: A First-Hand Experience

Bradley Cates | Posted 25.07.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Bradley Cates

I am proud that I can talk about my depression because it gives me the accomplishment of completely removing the burden that has been plaguing me for months. I feel I can breathe again. I'm not saying that it's easy to talk to people about your depression, particularly if you, like myself, have kept it hidden for so long.

We Need to Meet the Vulnerable We've Failed

Ben Moore | Posted 14.07.2016 | UK
Ben Moore

I was born privileged. Not heir-to-millions-lined-up-for-cabinet privileged, but privileged nonetheless. I was physically and mentally able. I was str...

Trigger Warnings - What's the Point?

Nadia Mendoza | Posted 12.07.2016 | UK
Nadia Mendoza

A warning isn't synonymous with creating 'Generation Snowflake', it's giving autonomy. An alcoholic can choose not to walk into a pub as they're signposted, a soldier with PTSD can choose to avoid a fireworks display if the explosions traumatise them with memories of war, someone influenced by online content deserves to choose what they see before clicking.

The Struggles of a Depression and Anxiety Sufferer

Bradley Cates | Posted 12.07.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Bradley Cates

What I am saying is try your best to talk to someone, but also don't not talk to anyone. Otherwise, you'll end up feeling worse. I want to say that I wish I had talked about my personal problems earlier in order to get rid of this burden before it got worse - but how can I regret something that is immensely difficult to do?

Ending Violence: The US Needs a New Social Contract Based on Equality

Dyfed Loesche | Posted 12.07.2016 | UK Politics
Dyfed Loesche

I would argue, the U.S. needs a new social contract. This contract should not be based on the winner takes it all. In other words, the American Dream must be rekindled in a way that profits all, not just the fittest. With more socio-economic equality comes cohesion and pacification.

These Cards Offer Support To People With Mental Health Issues In The Best Way

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 11.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Any form of mental illness is, just that - an illness. Yet it’s not something you’d necessarily buy a typical ‘Get Well Soon’ card for. That...

Why I Grieved for My Healthy Baby

Vicki Moore | Posted 11.07.2016 | UK Parents
Vicki Moore

I am glad that I have now come to terms with grieving for what my birth could have been, with the healthy baby I could have had. The fact of the matter is I didn't have those things. I still gave birth, my child did come home, I am still a mother but to a heart warrior who I wouldn't change for the world.

Artist Illustrates Emotions Of Anxiety Sufferers In Light-Hearted Way

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 07.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle

An illustrator from Dubai is tackling anxiety in the best kind of way. Pranita Kocharekar’s new series, ‘Is That You?’, acknowledges the grip an...

Why Am I So Open About My Mental Illness?

Habiba Khanom | Posted 24.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Habiba Khanom

A lot of people tell me that I am "brave" for being so open about my mental health problems. But one of the reasons why I am open is because I don't want "brave" to be a connotation for opening up mental illness anymore. I want people to talk about their issues without being scared of people's reaction.

Fatherhood: A Generational Shift

Clair Rees | Posted 21.06.2016 | UK Parents
Clair Rees

Understanding Father's mental health and wellbeing during their transition to fatherhood is an area where significant difference can be made for the wellbeing of the whole family.