Mental Illness

Four Lessons I Learnt From Therapy

Michelle Elman | Posted 02.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Michelle Elman

I have enormous respect for anyone that goes to therapy and extending that, anyone who walks into my office. To walk into a therapist's office (or in my case, a coach's office) admitting you need help and wanting to change is, in my eyes, admirable. In addition to that, to keep going to therapy is hard.

'Walking Out of Darkness' Event Reminded Me Why I Am Still Here

Rachel Egan | Posted 20.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Egan

A year ago on 16th May 2014, I was making daily calls to the Samaritans and was coping with suicidal feelings so strong that I could barely leave the house due to the dangerously close proximity of a train station nearby where I vividly pictured the end of my life taking place.

'Ana' Is Not My Friend

Habiba Khanom | Posted 20.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Habiba Khanom

Many of us with eating disorders, like to personify the illness as a separate person or voice. 'Ana' for Anorexia and 'Mia' for Bulimia. Don't get me wrong; Ana is definitely not a 'friend' even though the internal voice I hear says otherwise. Personifying my eating disorder is definitely something that I found rather useful in my road to recovery.

I Am Undoubtedly a Chocolate-Loving Anorexic

Lizzie Green | Posted 20.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Lizzie Green

My journey has not ended. I would like it to, desperately, but for now it continues. I will fight till the end and as strong-willed as I am to allow this illness to fester, I am strong-willed enough to rid of it. I know recovery is worth it.

Stamping Out the Stigma of Mental Health at Work

Hannah Cottam | Posted 20.05.2015 | UK
Hannah Cottam

When it comes to work, the term 'mental ill health' still holds certain stigmas - it is something that we just don't talk openly about and often the illness will remain completely hidden.

A Letter to David Cameron

Claire Greaves | Posted 19.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Claire Greaves

I know that you are only a human being just like I am and I hope that my words might reach you and make a difference. A huge part of your focus is on money and the economy and I understand how important this is, the recession was devastating. However, there is something much more important than money and that is human suffering...

Depression Does Not Have to Be the Centre of Your Universe

Tom Haward | Posted 17.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Tom Haward

As you twist and turn and spiral round depression's star everything else in your life can become a distant noise, a murmur in the background like Charlie Brown's teacher. You are aware of a presence of others but they are minor parts in your play, in your event.

To Those I Love: A Letter to Be Shared

Laura Humphreys | Posted 13.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Laura Humphreys

Thank you for celebrating the good times with me, and for supporting me through the difficult times. I hope one day to be able to return the kindness, stability and love you have given me when you also need it most.

A Letter to Journalists

Claire Greaves | Posted 08.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Claire Greaves

Dear journalists... I understand that you want an interesting story and that you want to grip your readers and keep them reading on. I get that okay but when it comes to reporting on mental health please realise how important it is to report responsibly.

Smartphones, Trolls and Social Black Holes: Why Technology Is Not the Enemy of Connection

Ileana Welte | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK Tech
Ileana Welte

Implicit in this sort of analysis is the suggestion that social connections exclusively formed and conducted online are somehow inferior to relationships offline - often tellingly described as 'in the real world'.

Working With Depression

Shadi-Sade Sarreshtehdarzadeh | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Shadi-Sade Sarreshtehdarzadeh

A doctor recently told me that no company will want to hire someone who has prolonged absences, as if I hadn't realised that myself. As if finding a job isn't hard enough, keeping one is even harder. It's a catch 22.

For Once I Agree With Russell Brand, Young People Need to Vote Labour

Amelia-Rose Tighe | Posted 05.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Amelia-Rose Tighe

Vote for a party which holds at its core a commitment to making the lives of the next generation better than the last.

The Thing About Anxiety Is...

Tayana Simons | Posted 04.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Tayana Simons

Unless you've suffered, mental illness can be very difficult to explain to outsiders, even your family and friends. My blogs aim to try and express those feelings as best as I can in hope that they will break down stigma, open conversation and allow more people to understand. This blog is about the very common, but debilitating condition of anxiety.

Why Music Used as Therapy Is Good for the Soul

David Ready | Posted 27.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
David Ready

Music therapy has been consistently put forward by organisations such as Nordoff Robbins, to help those with a variety of disabilities and difficulties, including autism, dementia, neurological disorders and those suffering from drug and alcohol problems.

How Are You? Honestly!

Claire Greaves | Posted 13.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Claire Greaves

It isn't just mental illness that we hide in our 'I am fines' it is also our physical illness, our money worries, family problems, loss and loneliness-the list is endless. The majority of us bottle it up in this fast-paced society.

I Cannot Erase My Existence and Therefore I am Going to Get Better

Claire Greaves | Posted 08.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Claire Greaves

Anorexia is tiresome, people keep using the word choice. "You can choose to eat or not Claire" but it isn't a choice not like the choice between having a bath or a shower. My choices are very powerful ones with very powerful consequences, I feel the word 'choice' in this situation is too mild a word.

Six Honest Truths of Mental Health in the Workplace

Danielle Montgomery | Posted 31.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Danielle Montgomery

Not being able to come into the office to do your job because of some thoughts and emotions that you're finding difficult to deal with is alien to a lot of people, and often not taken seriously as a debilitating illness.

Anorexia Is Stealing Me

Claire Greaves | Posted 01.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Claire Greaves

Anorexia's screams are so loud, it's unbearable and it's blocking out all other sounds and deafening me from the world around me. I can't hear anyone, I don't know what they are saying. I am being pulled in and totally absorbed by this illness.

Depression: Why Talking Isn't Enough

Karen Young | Posted 31.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Karen Young

I've never had clinical depression, but I've experienced sadness so deep and engulfing it stole me for a while. I've felt desperately hopeless at times and on others frighteningly disengaged. I don't know how it was that I found my way through. I just did.

Judging People by Their Depression Creates a Sorry Society

Tom Haward | Posted 30.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Tom Haward

Depression can be deeply distressing and seriously impede someone's life. When I confronted how severe my depression was it hurt because I had to deal with the inability to do tasks I was so sure of. Temporarily.

What Was That Pilot Thinking?

Ruby Wax | Posted 31.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

How many times can you remind people that it's one in four who have a mental disorder, that means if we prohibited everyone with a mental illness from working there would be empty floorboards in the boardrooms.

Imprisoned By My Eating Disorder

Claire Greaves | Posted 29.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Claire Greaves

I worry about my health, I know I could die, I know I could lose out on life and opportunities if I am not well enough to grasp them with both hands. It's a spiral and it's all spinning around my head and it's making me dizzy. I'm constantly out of breath. Exhausted. Exhausted by this mental illness.

Monsters in the Media Part 2: The Harmful Nature of Speculating on Andrea Lubitz's Mental Health

Rachel Egan | Posted 27.05.2015 | UK
Rachel Egan

The truth is that at this stage we have no idea what caused Andreas Lubitz's decision to end his own life and that of the 149 other passengers on his plane. So why then did the Daily Mail feel it was fitting to ascertain that the depressive episode which occurred six years ago must have something to do with this disaster?

My Mental Illness Inspired My Ambition to Fix Other Young People's Minds

Danny Bowman | Posted 26.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Danny Bowman

I made a decision to change myself. I was no longer happy, or confident with my appearance. When I looked in the mirror, all I could see was a big nose, bad skin and an overweight figure. As time went on I became obsessed with the mirror, checking it up to 10 hours a day.

Louis Theroux's 'By Reason of Insanity': The Dangers of Guilt and Denial

Shadi-Sade Sarreshtehdarzadeh | Posted 24.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Shadi-Sade Sarreshtehdarzadeh

However, there were a couple issues that came to light through the programme, one of which was the danger of denial with the mentally ill, and another being the place of guilt on those with mental illnesses.