Mental Illness

Where do We Draw the Line on Help and Support for People With Mental Illness?

Phill Hudson | Posted 01.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Phill Hudson

Where do we draw the line on help and support for people with Mental illness? I ask this question because I have seen what happens when families and friends say enough is enough you're in this on your own!

Fifteen Things People Who Are Happy Do Differently

Danny Baker | Posted 30.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Danny Baker

Everybody will make mistakes - in their career, in their relationships, with their finances, and in every other facet of their life. But happy people make sure they learn from their mistakes and from difficult times so they don't continue to repeat themselves over and over and over again.

Muddling Through - Mental Illness and Parenting

Fiona Kennedy | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Fiona Kennedy

But how about my kids? How am I with them? At my worst, I'm unable to cope with them. I can't engage, I don't want to play, getting myself up, dressed and fed is sometimes beyond me. Often, all I'm capable of is sitting and staring at a wall for hours on end. I resent every demand that's made of me, I want to be left alone, utterly and completely.

T-Shirt Troubles

Ciara Cohen-Ennis | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Ciara Cohen-Ennis

Urban Outfitters have been getting a lot of bad press for their extremely insensitive and offensive clothing. One of the items of clothing that was in particularly poor taste was a t-shirt glorifying depression

Joy On Offensive Card: 'If You Know Anyone With Bipolar...Don't Buy It For Them'

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Valladares | Posted 22.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle

After shocking customers by stocking a greeting card that reads, "Don't get mad, take lithium," clothes retailer Joy not only failed to see what the i...

What Will It Take for the Government to Act on Mental Health?

Dan Holden | Posted 21.09.2014 | UK Politics
Dan Holden

Last week, the chief medical officer for the NHS said that more help is needed in order for people with mental health problems to stay in their jobs. The lack of help she spoke of has resulted in 70million lost days of work last year, costing the economy £100million, an increase of £30 million on the previous year.

Working Is Good for Your Wellbeing

Suzi Dixon | Posted 16.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Suzi Dixon

Anxiety is a disease of the mind but it's not ALL in the mind. Telling someone having a panic attack to 'calm down' is frankly insulting. But I understand completely why some colleagues, and especially small business owners, don't or won't take it seriously.

The Rational Act of an Irrational Mind

Fiona Kennedy | Posted 16.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Fiona Kennedy

At the times in my life where suicide has become a real and valid option, it seemed the best thing to do for everyone. When my mind reached this completely irrational conclusion, I was convinced that while my family might grieve for a while, they would ultimately get over it, move on, and be the better for no longer having to watch over or worry about me.

On Stigma

Ruby Wax | Posted 10.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ruby Wax

It's the only illness where you get - absolutely free with the package - a real sense of shame. I've heard people say, "I know people with real diseases, show me lumps show me X-Rays", and of course you can't so you begin to feel bombarded with self-disgust thinking," I'm not being carpet-bombed, I'm not living in a Township, how dare I, who has everything, be depressed?"

'Prozac Nation': 20 Years On

Victoria Sadler | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

In September 1994 Elizabeth Wurtzel's first book Prozac Nation was published and a new era of confessional-style memoir was born. Further than that, Elizabeth's frank and unsympathetic portrayal of her battles with depression was revolutionary in a way that now, even 20 years later, we're still getting used to...

Living With the Stigma of Depression

Phill Hudson | Posted 03.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Phill Hudson

I can still recall those early days when our second daughter was born in June 2012, endless tears; long periods of inactivity, terrified to leave the house caused by an unbearable anxiety and despite being surrounded by loved ones a feeling I can only describe as utter emptiness and isolation. This is how I remember seeing my wife in the summer of 2012. My heart still sinks when I think that at the moment our little treasure was born a part of my beloved wife died.

Ever Had a Bad Day?

Matt Clifton | Posted 01.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Matt Clifton

Ever felt like you have had a bad day? I am sure you have had more than one, maybe you had a head-ache or perhaps a sickness bug? Well imagine if throughout your day/week or however long you had it, you were constantly told "just to get better or get over it" ...

Poorna Bell

Should You Talk To Your Family About Depression?

HuffingtonPost.com | Poorna Bell | Posted 01.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle

As head of a family rocked by mental illness and addiction, you would think that if anyone understood the complexities of depression, it would be Bob ...

Students Suffering From Mental Illness Face Crippling Stigma

The Huffington Post | Tasha Kleeman | Posted 02.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Despite students’ vulnerability to mental health problems, at universities and colleges, mental illness remains a taboo. For many students, the ...

F*cked Up, Insecure, Neurotic and Emotional

Fiona Kennedy | Posted 29.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Fiona Kennedy

Hubby is a patient man. Strong, loving, considerate too, but mostly patient (in the extreme). He has a tough job sometimes - he has me. Granted, I have my good points (too many to list, obviously) but then there's also that nasty cloud/dog/bubble aspect just waiting in the wings, ready to pounce as soon as I let my guard down. And when it pounces on me, it pounces on him too.

On Robin Williams

Ruby Wax | Posted 20.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

Why is it such an 'out of the blue' experience for everyone that Robin Williams killed himself? Is it because we think if someone's funny they must spend their lives, head thrown back, wheezing away? I know very few comedians who in their real lives have their heads thrown back, it's not funny being funny; it's a killer.

Why Mental Health Must Stay on the Agenda

Luciana Berger | Posted 18.08.2014 | UK Politics
Luciana Berger

Our mental health system is failing at a time when it should be being made a greater priority... We must change the status of mental health, not just in our National Health Service, but just as importantly, in our wider society... This is why mental health will be a top priority for the next Labour government.

What's in Your Head..?

Liz Fraser | Posted 18.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Liz Fraser

Approximately 450 million people worldwide have some kind of 'mental health problem' right now. And they have really, honestly tried very hard to pull their socks all the way up, and Get Over It.

A Natural Way to Cope With Anxiety

Emma Letessier | Posted 18.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Emma Letessier

Once we are more readily in touch with or conscious of the thoughts and feelings that trigger an anxious response, it may be that we are in a better position to start voicing them to someone we can trust. Often even just the verbal acknowledgement that we are feeling a negative emotion can have a hugely healing effect.

Spark of Madness

Fiona Kennedy | Posted 15.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Fiona Kennedy

Robin Williams' death is everywhere this week. It's been on my mind as to whether or not I would post something about it, as I have really mixed feelings about the general furore that follows the death of a celebrity, whether accidental or in this case, probably not so much.

When Will the Help Come?

Kirsty Higginson | Posted 15.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kirsty Higginson

I have been wanting to write this article for an extremely long time. I have stumbled and tormented myself so many times with this piece as to how I could even begin to voice my boulders of darkness. I wanted to translate to you, the reader, the horrific pain mental illness can bring, and to put the raw emotions into words which you will understand

Robin Williams - Depression Is No Laughing Matter

Stephen Liddell | Posted 13.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Stephen Liddell

The sad news of Robin Williams untimely death this week has brought forth the expected tide of tributes to this man who made millions laugh around the world and rightfully so.

How to Fix Your Soul When Your Brain is Kicking Your Heart in the Dick

Michelle Thomas | Posted 13.08.2014 | UK
Michelle Thomas

Yesterday was a sad, strange day. Sometimes unhappy news can serve as a sombre reminder that we must all try hard to be kind and compassionate to one another.

Media Coverage Of Williams' Death Slammed By Depression Sufferers

The Huffington Post | Tasha Kleeman | Posted 14.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Despite detailed guidelines provided by the Samaritans on how to treat Robin Williams' suicide, much of the media coverage of the actor's death has be...

Why Blog?

Fiona Kennedy | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Fiona Kennedy

Every time I go back to check in with the hospital, they ask me what I'm doing that helps. I can put my hand on my heart and say that of everything - medication, therapy, exercise, diet, you name it - my blog has been the most significant change for me, and has had the most impact on me.