Mental Illness

On Depression - A Suggestion

Ruby Wax | Posted 16.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ruby Wax

What helps if you have depression is realising that you are not alone, that this 'illness' actually exists like any other physical illness; you are not making it up and you are not some self-indulgent, self-obsessed narcissist who's looking for pity or an excuse not show up at work or school.

Time to Listen and Change Views on Mental Health

Matt Clifton | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Matt Clifton

Being diagnosed with Mental Health, in particular Depression and Anxiety at the age of 14 years was not easy to cope with. I worried about telling other people that I had Mental Health, it was never taught on the school curriculum and it appeared to me at the time, that many wouldn't understand the condition.

Eating Disorders - A Women's Problem? Why We Need To Tackle The Gender Bias

Sam Thomas | Posted 13.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sam Thomas

For the past five years I've been campaigning and raising awareness of men with eating disorders with an aim to debunk the myth that eating disorders is a 'female problem.' Significant advances in awareness have been made in this short space of time to highlight the inequalities male sufferers face, but there's still a long way to go

Thanks For Your Discrimination And Stigma

Gemma Parry | Posted 06.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Gemma Parry

Despite the fact that attitudes are different towards other health issues, and that attitudes towards issues such as sexuality, culture, ethnicity, gender and disabilities are changing, discrimination against people who are suffering with mental health problems are still very widespread.

Court Rules Teen Must Be Force-Fed In Landmark Case

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.04.2014 | UK

A sick teenager with mental health problems was said to be "doing well" after a High Court judge ruled she could be fed through a tube. Mr Justice ...

Supporting Through the Unexpected

Stacey Lucas | Posted 19.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Stacey Lucas

Some people clam up, shut down and do not know how to speak as they struggle to heal and come to terms with the unexpected. Others go into denial and carry on with what they believe is normal. Some people who think they are helping, try to fix the situation for the person going through the difficult time.

Growing Up With Depression

Hannah Woodhead | Posted 10.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Hannah Woodhead

My mum refused to leave me even in a room on my own, which was particularly hard considering she was also single-handedly raising my brother and sister, both recently diagnosed as autistic. When she had to take them to hospital appointments, she left me with my grandparents, she was so worried I'd hurt myself. And I often did hurt myself.

The Disorder of Student Life Can Easily Hide More Dangerous Disorders

Eloise Hendy | Posted 25.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Eloise Hendy

Students are known for their bad eating habits; baked beans have become a beacon for the university experience. It's not surprising really - we don't have nine to five schedules, or lunch breaks, or regular wages... We only have ourselves to decide that cereal for the third time in a day is a bad decision, instead of a detox. Which makes it dangerously easy for people to fall through the gaps. In the student culture of make do and make pasta, again, eating disorders can be hard to spot.

An Open Letter to Penny Smith and Jim Davis on Mental Illness and Stigma

Tim Squirrell | Posted 24.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Tim Squirrell

Dear Penny and Jim, I'm writing to thank you for having me on The Breakfast Show on BBC London last Thursday. I don't know if you remember me; you were running a news piece about the tragic death of Tallulah Wilson, a girl who suffered from an eating disorder and subsequently killed herself in late 2012...

I Was Told I Wasn't Sick Enough to Get Help for My Eating Disorder

Kat Pugh | Posted 24.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Kat Pugh

In 2012, I decided that due to a number of significant events going on in my life it was time to try and continue treatment again. Despite my initial referral taking place in December 2012, I didn't see anyone till October 2013. When I did, I was told by the NHS mental health trust that I wasn't ill enough to meet their very strict criteria.

Changing Lives By Changing Food Production

Gavin Megaw | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK
Gavin Megaw

The All Black rugby player had been locked in his room for days, shutting out all contact with friends, family and fellow players. It was 4am when he finally picked up the phone to call a helpline. The reply at the other end was simple, "hello friend". It started a process that led to therapy that has been helping to change the life of Brent Pope for many years.

Time To Talk: Why Young People Need More Conversations Around Mental Health

Rachel Egan | Posted 06.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Egan

Mental health is an area where we are massively failing our children. Anxiety and depression rates are higher than ever before, 1 in 12 young people self -harm and 3 children in every classroom around the UK has a diagnosable mental health condition.

The Message of Finding 'Mike'

Jonny Benjamin | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jonny Benjamin

It's not been easy reliving what led me to attempting suicide. But it's also been something of a revelation. Looking back, I had always thought it was receiving my diagnosis of schizoaffective disorder, a combination of schizophrenia and depression, which had caused me to want to end my life. But there was also a secret which I was hiding from everyone around me that I also could no longer bear to live with.

We Need to Talk About Mental Health

Beth Saward | Posted 29.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Beth Saward

At a time where the government are cutting funding for mental health care, how are people supposed to get the support that they desperately need? If the situation is already reached the point that GPs have to decide whether someone's plea for help is 'urgent' enough to warrant support, what will further cuts do?

When 'Madness' Is Confused With Genius

Lynne Parker | Posted 22.03.2014 | UK Comedy
Lynne Parker

It takes a particular kind of creative, self-obsessive, imaginative, observant and courageous person to bare their very soul on stage. It is not always funny either, the image of the sad clown and smiley face, sad face masks of comedy and tragedy are emblematic of the tortured genius that inhabits some of the world's greatest comedians.

Bringing Mental Health Out of the Shadows

Paul Farmer | Posted 22.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Paul Farmer

As the stigma recedes, the true unmet need for mental health services is beginning to show. Demand for talking treatments is outstripping supply, despite significant investment. The need to help people with mental health problems to find and stay in work is becoming increasingly apparent.

Stigma: Should It Still Surround Mental Health?

Lucy Roberts | Posted 22.03.2014 | UK
Lucy Roberts

Should mental health stigma still have an impact of those suffering? Statistics show that almost everyone dealing with mental health has been, and still is, impacted negatively by the stigma surrounding it. Is it right that already vulnerable and isolated members of society should be made to feel more alone?

It's A Wonderful Life, Mike!

Jonny Benjamin | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK
Jonny Benjamin

On 14 January 2008 I travelled to Waterloo Bridge to take my life. It was a bitterly cold, grey Monday morning and the rain was beginning to fall when I stepped onto the edge of the bridge, ready to jump. I can't remember all the many thoughts and feelings buzzing around my mind as I stood there looking down to the water below. All I can recall is a feeling of total despair. The very next minute of my existence seemed too painful to bear. I don't know how long I was standing there for before I heard a man's voice behind me say: "Please mate, please don't do this."

All Around the World, We're All the Same

Samantha van Dalen | Posted 03.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Samantha van Dalen

None of us can save another human being. Each of us has a responsibility to save ourselves. No one is to blame when the easiest option becomes the best option. Life is hard. Life is cruel.

A Breakthrough In The Fight Against Alzheimer's?

PA | Posted 22.12.2013 | UK

Scientists have pinpointed a specific part of the brain where Alzheimer's begins and traced how the disease spreads. High resolution brain scans of...

Poorna Bell

How To Cope With Depression At Christmas | Poorna Bell | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Depression - whether it is clinical or brought on by a bereavement, divorce or work - is often at its worst for some people during the holiday season....

Pregnant Mentally-Ill Woman Can Be Forced To Have Caesarean Section

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

A pregnant mentally-ill woman could be forced to have a caesarean section after a High Curt judge gave doctors permission to perform the procedure. Ru...

What's Schizophrenia Like?

Katy Gray | Posted 09.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Katy Gray

Seven years ago, the monster called schizophrenia introduced itself to me through an auditory hallucination (a voice). At first, this voice was reassuring and calming. After a short while, it became apparent that this voice was a wolf in sheep's clothing. It wasn't a voice that reassured me or calmed me down anymore.

Science Museum Takes on History of Mental Illness Treatment in Compelling New Exhibition

Victoria Sadler | Posted 08.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Victoria Sadler

Mental illness, how it is caused and what we can do to treat it is a pressing issue in contemporary society. Psychology has not always been perceived as a science in the outside world but in this fascinating - and free! - exhibition, the Science Museum has brought the scientific assessment and treatment of mental illness centre stage.

Mental Health and University: Do They Mix?

Lucy Roberts | Posted 03.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Lucy Roberts

There's a common misconception that people with mental health do nothing all day except mope around their houses. Admittedly some people do exactly that, however not everyone does! Many use their illness as an excuse to do things they are definitely capable of which isn't acceptable either.