Mental Illness

Five Ways to Boost Your Mood and Help Depression as a Man

Paul McGregor | Posted 01.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Paul McGregor

A lot of men suffer with depression. Low mood, anxiety, stress, low self worth and letting ourselves go physically are all symptoms. One in four men...

To Tackle Male Suicide, We Have to Change What It Means to Be a Man

Daniel Morris | Posted 01.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Daniel Morris

We have a duty to help both the current and future generations of young men, and that duty entails not only talking, but also action. Men need to be taught to prioritise wellbeing over perceived strength, and this teaching needs to begin from the first day of their lives, not after a failed suicide attempt.

Powerful Photo Series Explores One Man's Battle With Depression And Anxiety

The Huffington Post UK | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 01.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle

For those suffering from depression and anxiety, it can be difficult to put your feelings into words. That's why one photographer decided to turn the ...

November 24th and 25th - Budget Day

Ruby Wax | Posted 26.11.2015 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

I can't get it in my head that politicians can't get it in their heads that most of our 21st Century woes are caused by mental illness; crime, addictions, disease, rape, suicide, domestic violence, child abuse is caused by something that is mentally misfiring in our brains.

Why It Is Important to Explore Alternate Avenues of Improving Mental Health

David Ready | Posted 24.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
David Ready

Publicity has been central to raising awareness of the issue and bringing the conversation about mental health forward. Social media channels, campaigns and key celebrity figures have highlighted this change in thinking, which continues to be overlooked by the government.

We Need a New Approach to Tackle Our Mental Health Epidemic

Danny Bowman | Posted 24.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Danny Bowman

The effects of mental health on our global society is has become much bigger, from suicide to depression and what we do in the next ten years could either avert crisis or cause further inequality creating catastrophe and adding burning fuel to this global pandemic.

Nearly 20,000 People This Week Called on the Department for Work & Pensions to Act on Its Commitment to Reform the Fit for Work Test

Brian Dow | Posted 12.11.2015 | UK Politics
Brian Dow

This week a petition with nearly 20,000 signatures was handed in to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), calling on them to act on their commitment to reform the "fit for work" test.

What Do We Mean By 'Bipolar Disorder'? It's a Life and Death Question

Cynthia Joyce | Posted 11.11.2015 | UK
Cynthia Joyce

Over a decade. That's how long someone with bipolar disorder can wait before they get a diagnosis for their condition. And during this time that person will receive an incorrect diagnosis on average four times.

Target Criticised For 'OCD' Christmas Jumper That 'Trivialises Mental Illness'

The Huffington Post UK | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 11.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Nothing says Christmas like making fun of a serious mental illness, does it Target? The US superstore has come under fire on Twitter for selling a ...

Gain Strength From Fear

Kate Elliott | Posted 09.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Kate Elliott

I can't decide if Timehop and Facebook memories are helpful and motivating or really difficult at the moment. I've been faced with daily reminders of ...

Mental Illness Monsters Transformed Into Soft Toys

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 06.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle

An artist's depiction of mental illnesses as monsters is being turned into tangible objects - and we want to buy the lot. Earlier this year, artist...

I'm a Young Woman with Feminist Views; Here's Why Men's Mental Health Matters to Me

Rachel Egan | Posted 06.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Egan

I thought long and hard about whether or not to write this blog post, for fear of being ridiculed by men, or trolled by feminists, some of whom might feel I am disrespecting the cause. But actually, what is a feminist if she is not somebody who feels she can speak up about the issues important to her?

Is Mental Suffering Really 'Just Like Any Other Illness'?

Dr Jay Watts | Posted 05.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Jay Watts

Alastair Campbell, Ruby Wax, Bob Geldof are amongst the signatories of a powerful open letter published this week. The letter argues that mental healt...

Recently I Tried to Kill Myself - I Want to Explain Why

Tom Haward | Posted 04.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Tom Haward

I know, for many reading this, it is very hard to understand suicide; ultimately, for me, I felt defeated and to carry on living seemed too much. Depression is a continuous, painful battle which is so much more than feelings of sadness or being low. Depression creates a sense of worthlessness, hopelessness and despair.

Why I Get on the Train

Ruby Wax | Posted 30.10.2015 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

Every time I run for my train that's taking off five minutes ago (I get an adrenaline high whenever I just make it), I think, "Why am I doing this?" And every night when the audience and I have a discussion after the interval, I remember why...

I Have Depression and Anxiety and I'm Still Travelling the World

Toni White | Posted 30.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Toni White

Three months after returning from that trip in 2011, due to issues at work, I had a nervous breakdown and before I knew it, two years had disappeared from my life. Mum would come home from work expecting to find a body instead of a daughter.

The Quiet Heroes

Danny Bowman | Posted 28.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Danny Bowman

This piece is all about the quiet heroes in my life; the ones that stood by me through the indescribable horrors of my condition. They saw a boy cry himself to sleep, a teenager fall apart and a man's fight for recovery but the consistent correlation was they stood by me.

Thank You Adele

Kate Elliott | Posted 27.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Kate Elliott

The main reason I wanted to say my thanks was because it's a song that seemed to reach inside of me and really take a bit of what I've been trying to say and put it into the most beautiful words. I love music and singing, but it's been a while since I really felt a song this much.

This Campaign Could Be The 'Biggest Transformation To Young People's Mental Health' Ever

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 22.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education

The “life-limiting” stigma endured by teenagers with mental health issues is to be tackled by a new anti-stigma government campaign. Time to Ch...

Calming Animations Could Help Anxiety Sufferers To Just Breathe

The Huffington Post UK | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 04.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle

For people with anxiety, the world can often get a bit overwhelming. What may start out as a completely manageable morning can quickly slide into hype...

You Are My Tribe

Ruby Wax | Posted 21.10.2015 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

So after my little trip to Burning Man, New Zealand and Cape Town I've come back to London. Don't worry - I'm whipping myself with guilt how lucky I am to have gotten that kind of gig. I worked in two out of the three...

The Mental Illness Stamp: How It Prevents Us From Receiving the Correct Care

Laura Whitehurst | Posted 20.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Whitehurst

The sooner we all start banishing the stigma around mental health, the sooner we can teach the world about it. The sooner we teach the world about it, the sooner it will be treated in an equal manner to physical health.

From the Land of Hobbits to the Heart of Wisdom

Ruby Wax | Posted 14.10.2015 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

I wish this were my life, being fed by beautiful men, in the presence of great minds discussing new and better ways to live and hopefully change the world. I had these type of discussions when I was 18 when I was hopeful and then never again but here's the spark and hopefully some day all this might come to fruition and I can say I was there.

Two Days in Two Months to Support Dignity and Social Inclusion for People With Mental Health Problems Worldwide: an Uphill Journey

Carmine Pariante | Posted 14.10.2015 | UK
Carmine Pariante

One in four people worldwide are affected by mental disorders; and one in two people worldwide are poor. Often these are the same people.

Mental Illness Doesn't Define or Label Me, People and Society Do

Kenny Johnston | Posted 13.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Kenny Johnston

Mental illness is not difficult to understand and often can be easy to control and even, overcome. In fact sometimes, it's easier to control mental illnesses than the judgement and opinion of people, who don't have the time or compassion listen, understand and support. That's the real problem and the source of the stigma for people with mental illness.