Mental Illness

Anxious Annie

Gina Lyons | Posted 16.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Gina Lyons

In speaking openly about Annie this week, I have noticed a few things. Some people, don't get it, and are probably my reason for writing this. Annie is convinced she wants everyone to know she is here. They love you and want you happy and carefree, and to them it looks like you are driving yourself mad, like this is a thing YOU do that YOU must stop. If only YOU could stop.

Why Cognitive Diversity Needs To Be Accepted In Our Culture

Antony Mayfield | Posted 13.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Antony Mayfield

Cognitive diversity means valuing ways of thinking outside of an apparent normal. It means supporting and keeping people through periods of illness, not just because it is the right thing to do, but because a homogenous workforce creates a vulnerable culture and set of capabilities. To promote cognitive diversity, leaders should consider the following:

Theresa May's Shared Society Speech

Katie Buckingham | Posted 13.01.2017 | UK Politics
Katie Buckingham

May promises the younger generations that no longer will they suffer quietly and lose out on life opportunities' due to inadequate services. But she also leads a government characterised not by the humanity which informed her speech, but by a culture of inequality. Will May deliver on her promises? Or will another variety of conservative society and mental health approach, be filed under ineffective?

Inside Out Makeup Challenge Encourages People To Wear Mental Illness With Pride

The Huffington Post | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 12.01.2017 | UK Style

A woman is encouraging people to use makeup to proudly display what they feel like on the inside, in a bid to help end the stigma around mental illnes...

Childhood And Adolescent Anxiety And Social Media

Dr Collette Isabel Stadler | Posted 11.01.2017 | UK Tech
Dr Collette Isabel Stadler

Today those same bedrooms are filled with technology connected to the world wide web, and chances are that one's moment of quiet catharsis is interrupted by a notification alerting you to the latest "selfie from paradise" posted by a classmate or colleague and adorned with requisite amount of hashtags.

How Poor Provision Of Mental Health Services Adds To The Risk Burden For Children In Care

Dr Collette Isabel Stadler | Posted 10.01.2017 | UK
Dr Collette Isabel Stadler

If you are a 65 year old male smoker with hypertension, hyperlipidaemia, and a family history of cardiovascular disease, the QRISK calculator informs ...

Why Baby Steps Are More Important Than New Year's Resolutions In Mental Health Recovery

Katie Simon Phillips | Posted 05.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Katie Simon Phillips

If you want to set yourself a resolution for 2017, make a resolution that you can do over time, that allows for mistakes and gradual progress rather than instantaneous results.

These Mental Illness Badges Let Others Know They're Not Alone

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 04.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Tired of feeling like she had to conceal her mental illness from the rest of the world, one woman has made it her mission to help reduce the stigma an...

Anorexia Is No Longer My Best Friend

Hope Virgo | Posted 03.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Hope Virgo

Being friends with Anorexia is not worth it. Whatever she tells you, the false promises, the affirmation, the encouragement. Whilst she feels like the best friend you could ever dream of it won't last. She doesn't care about you. She is just one big bully.

Why You Are Still Scared To Say The Word 'Depressed'

Sean Patrick | Posted 02.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Sean Patrick

There is no doubt about it; mental health is coming out of the closet. Less and less we are scared to tell people we are feeling anxious, have OCD t...

Frazzled?

Ruby Wax | Posted 29.12.2016 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

If you think being present sounds fluffy ask yourself how much money you spend trying to get there? And if you can sit back and enjoy the ride rather than get to the finish line the fastest, that is my definition of happiness; the rarest commodity of them all.

Pssst - There's A New Book Coming

Ruby Wax | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

I'm working on my next book. You say (and by you, I mean me) you'll never write another one, the next thing you know is that you're expecting. The fa...

Reflections

Karl Knights | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK
Karl Knights

'Change or die'. When 2016 began this was the only thought passing through my foggy mind. I was at a friend's New Year's party, and all I can recall o...

Are We Judging Mental Illness On Appearance?

Vicki Cockerill | Posted 16.12.2016 | UK Parents
Vicki Cockerill

I have made no secret about the lack of mental health care on offer to myself after my son was born and admitted to NICU. When we were discharged, I was left to my own devices with no offer of aftercare. Why was this

Quick Fixes Won't Solve The Social Care Crisis

Lord Victor Adebowale | Posted 16.12.2016 | UK Politics
Lord Victor Adebowale

The challenges created by social care are immense. And they cannot be solved with token gestures. What's needed is a serious settlement, a blueprint that will ensure we have a properly funded and efficient system that will withstand the rapidly changing demands of an ageing population. A robust system that can meet everyone's needs. When Theresa May became leader, she pledged to deliver a country that works not just for the privileged few but for everyone. To follow through on that promise, the government must come up with a plan to resolve the crisis in social care.

A Year Gone By | Rethink Mental Illness Looks Back On 2016

Philippa Lowe | Posted 14.12.2016 | UK
Philippa Lowe

As the year draws to a close, people often take the time to reflect: what went well, what could have been different, what opportunities and challenges...

We Need To Change How We Talk About Mental Health

Chris Napier | Posted 14.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Chris Napier

Such an atmosphere serves to dehumanise mentally ill people and enables those who seek to attack them, either directly or by removing the support mechanisms and protective legislation secured by a century of disability activism.

When Does Stress Become Something More Serious?

Katie Woodland | Posted 14.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Katie Woodland

Whether you've sat an exam, learned to drive, had an interview, spoken in public... all these things get our bodies stressed. But, once we've done whatever it was that was stressing us out our bodies get the opportunity to calm down, chill out, and relax.

It's About How We Feel Inside - Young People's Mental Health Matters

Adam Bradford | Posted 13.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Adam Bradford

In the run up to Christmas this year, I realise I have had a hectic year. I met the Queen, I've travelled the world and I'm still working. But my mental health matters. And so does yours. Please be careful. Be grateful for the little things today and let's speak openly, without fear and without judgement about our mental health. It's about how we feel inside, not just how we look on the outside.

Depression: On Noise, Answering The Telephone And Making Decisions

Jayne Hardy | Posted 09.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jayne Hardy

We're scared of making mistakes, you see. They validate the thoughts of being worthless, useless, hopeless and helpless. They give depression fuel. Mistakes hurt us. Our confidence, in ourselves, is at an all-time low. The grey, muddy filter that depression adds to our outlook, only serves to make all choices, not-so-great ones.

To Anyone Who Suffers From A Mental Illness

Hannah Rainey | Posted 13.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Hannah Rainey

What really keeps you going? Think of that. Think of recovery and how beautiful it is to experience life when it's good. Think about others who have recovered or who are in recovery and let them inspire you. The bottom line here is that it's not easy but it's possible. Anyone can recover. You can and will. Just like I am.

Brains Literally Think Nonsense, Let It Be Fun Nonsense

Andrew Bonsall | Posted 08.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Andrew Bonsall

Every time I go to therapy I fill out a questionnaire that asks 'in the last week have you thought about ending your life?' This question is a self-pe...

52 Non-Food Related Ways To Celebrate Christmas When You Struggle With An Eating Disorder

Katie Simon Phillips | Posted 06.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Katie Simon Phillips

If there is one group of creatures on earth who find Christmas dinner more stressful than all the turkeys out there do, it is people with eating disorders. Actually scrap that, when it comes to having an eating disorder it isn't simply Christmas dinner that is stressful, it is the entire build up over the festive season when suddenly it feels as if EVERYTHING is about food.

On Teen Mental Health: What You Can Do

Eleanor Segall | Posted 06.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Eleanor Segall

In my opinion, one of the most overlooked facts in world mental health is that of the health of teenagers, wherever they may be from in the world. Illnesses often start with the onset of puberty due to changing hormones. This means that illnesses in the mind and brain like bipolar, depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, addictions, self harm, eating disorders, trauma can all start in the teen years.

We Need To Talk About Suicide

Melissa Kirwan | Posted 06.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Melissa Kirwan

Suicide isn't something that regularly makes it into everyday conversation. It's that big taboo subject that everyone tends to shy away from, even the word is loaded with all sorts of meanings and negative images. But the fact is that it's something that needs to be spoken about.