Mental Illness

Did Cathy Come Home? Homelessness Revisited

Dave Clements | Posted 04.12.2016 | UK Politics
Dave Clements

Across the political spectrum the homeless tend to be treated as passive recipients, whether of abuse or pity. While bad housing and welfare policy are creating more homelessness, it is often the critics of these policies that are creating homeless victims.

Depression Is A Monster But Don't Fear it

Andrew Bonsall | Posted 29.11.2016 | UK
Andrew Bonsall

bmm banner.jpg I now take time, when sliding or emerging from that chasm in my mind, to research depression as a social and psychological phenomenon, as well as my own personal brand. As my understanding has grown, the shroud of mystery has begun to unravel.

How Do We Make The Mental Health Act Better And Fairer?

Brian Dow | Posted 28.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Brian Dow

It's hard to think of an example of health jargon which carries as much potency as the term 'sectioned'. Said out loud and without the associations it brings about for your average person, actually nothing could sound more bland and inoffensive

Medicating The Man

William Shield | Posted 26.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
William Shield

bmm banner.jpg My definition of what it is to be a man no longer contains the words warrior, veteran, or survivor. For me, becoming a man again was about accepting that I was in danger. In danger of drowning in my own darkness.

Unmasking Mental Illness In Children

Arthur Peirce | Posted 25.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Arthur Peirce

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.

The Links Between Abuse And Women's Mental Health Can't Be Ignored

Katharine Sacks Jones | Posted 25.11.2016 | UK
Katharine Sacks Jones

Today is the international day for the elimination of violence against women. A sad reminder of how common violence against women still is around the world and here in the UK.

Mark Austin On Suffering From PTSD And His Family's Battle With Mental Illness

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 24.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle

ITV journalist Mark Austin has spoken candidly of the mental health problems that have affected his family firsthand. The 58-year-old journalist and p...

Staying Mentally Healthy During The Winter

Eleanor Segall | Posted 23.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Eleanor Segall

As the dark nights begin to draw in, fairy lights adorn every branch, the leaves are falling off their trees in gusts of wind- it really starts to fee...

My Dad Is The Most Modern Man I Know

Jamie Wareham | Posted 23.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jamie Wareham

bmm banner.jpg This summer, around a rather large Chinese takeaway, I spoke to my family about how I tried to take my life. Between me and my dad, plus a few tears, we talked about the pain this event had caused all of us. It was the first time that many family members listened to this story and it was the first time we spoke about it so openly.

The Power Of Words

Melissa Kirwan | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Melissa Kirwan

So next time you automatically want to use phrases such as "I'm so OCD about that" or "I'm so depressed today", just thinking about the alternatives you can use and being aware of your language can help the cause. Thank you!

To Love Someone With Postnatal Depression

Michelle Goodwin | Posted 16.11.2016 | UK Parents
Michelle Goodwin

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.

Keep Going, Don't Give Up: The Importance Of Campaigning On Mental Health Issues

Tamanna Miah | Posted 16.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Tamanna Miah

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.

"A Girl Can't Read That Sort Of Thing Without Her Lipstick"; The Relationship Between Mental Health And Fashion

Steven Williams | Posted 15.11.2016 | UK Style
Steven Williams

I can't easily control the fact my personality may be un-ideal, or that I have the wit of a manatee, and I certainly can't control the thought process of other people, I can however take control and even ownership of the superficial elements of my personal presentation, namely how I dress.

Slipping Through the Cracks, Mental Health and Homelessness

Arthur Peirce | Posted 08.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Arthur Peirce

I remember, where I used to live, there was a homeless man who slept at night in an alcove opposite a Tesco Metro. Once he stopped me, randomly, and s...

It's OK for Men to Express Their Emotions

Bradley Cates | Posted 07.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Bradley Cates

A true man should not be afraid to cry. A true man should not be afraid to ask others to help them when they are in need. A man crying and talking about their feelings is not a weakness, it is bravery. Do not be scared to be brave.

Doctors With Mental Illness - Time For A Change

Nima Ghadiri | Posted 07.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Nima Ghadiri

This stigma can arise as early as medical school, fostered by a triad of competitiveness, fear and uncertainty. Students sometimes receive conflicting information about mental health, and may fear disclosing illness.

Why Parents Are So Valuable In Supporting Students' Mental Health

Rachel Piper | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Rachel Piper

It's normal for day to day life at university to consist of emotional ups and downs, but when the usual day to day stresses get too much; students can be particularly vulnerable to mental health difficulties; with 75% of all mental health difficulties developing by mid-20s (Royal College of Psychiatrists, 2010) and 29% of students experiencing clinical levels of psychological distress (Bewick, 2008).

Good Girls Drink Kale - Society's Dangerous Acceptance Of The Anorexic Mindset

Katie Simon Phillips | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Katie Simon Phillips

One of the many reasons I struggle to eat is because of the guilt I feel about it. When I am eating I feel like I am committing a crime, my mind is te...

How Volunteering For A Month Helped Me Worry Less And Live More

Lauren E. White | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Lauren E. White

To anyone suffering with anxiety, I know that there is a road out of it. I'm not off that road yet - and who knows when I will be - but I am on it. And that's what matters. To anyone suffering, do yourself the biggest favour and tell whatever (or whoever) is making you suffer that they aren't going to prevent you from completing a duty - whether it be to yourself or, like mine, to others. It's easier said than done, but it is so incredibly worth it. Trust me, I know.

Frazzled Cafes - A Safe Place Where We Cut The Bullsh**t

Ruby Wax | Posted 01.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Ruby Wax

Frazzled isn't an illness, it's the syndrome of not being able to stop those churning thoughts; that we're not doing enough, not good enough, that we're riding by the seat of our pants and we're going to get caught.

New Research Shows That Almost Half Of Young Men Would Find It Difficult To Talk To Their Dads About Mental Health

Brian Dow | Posted 01.11.2016 | UK Parents
Brian Dow

bmm banner.jpg Our sons will be no lesser men and we no lesser fathers if we start by acknowledging our own difficulties, so that we normalise conversations around mental health in the same way we would consider it our duty as dads to encourage our sons to think and talk about good physical health.

Could Keeping A Diary Really Help Combat Student Mental Illness?

Amy Fallon | Posted 28.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Amy Fallon

Of course however, it's hard. As students we are not always blessed with ample amounts of spare time and the worst thing would be for guilt over neglecting your journal to constitute just another fountain of stress. To combat this, I would suggest following a few simple rules.

Facebook Updates Could Help Diagnose And Treat Mental Health Disorders

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 27.10.2016 | UK Tech

Facebook updates could help us better understand mental health disorders, say researchers from the University of Cambridge. New reports suggest that ...

People With Mental Illness Explain What They'd Like Non-Ill People to Know

The Huffington Post | Poorna Bell | Posted 26.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle

People who don’t have a mental illness may not know what it feels like to have depression or anxiety, but that doesn’t mean they can’t try to un...

Austerity Has Created A Mental Health Crisis

Bryan Blears | Posted 25.10.2016 | UK Politics
Bryan Blears

Austerity measures have contributed to the creation of a mental health crisis. The sufferers of mental illnesses are being increasingly left to deal with their conditions on their own instead of being offered the medical treatment which they desperately need.